Laing O’Rourke wins $955 million Sydney Central Station upgrade

Laing O’Rourke wins $955 million Sydney Central Station upgrade

9 March 2018

British building giant Laing O’Rourke has been appointed to deliver two new Metro platforms under Sydney’s Central Station, transforming Australia’s largest commuter hub into a gateway to the new Sydney Metro network, reports The Urban Developer.

Part of the $20 billion Sydney Metro project—Australia’s biggest public transport infrastructure project—the project will add two new platforms 27 metres below the existing platform level and a new 19-meter-wide pedestrian concourse called Central Walk that exits onto Chalmers Street.

Describing the project as “open-heart surgery on Central,” NSW Transport minister Andrew Constance said the $955 million project was being paid for by the government’s “asset recycling program” and the $7 billion from the sale of electricity assets after the last state election, said ABC News.

More than 250,000 people pass through Central Station every day and that number is expected to grow to 450,000 in the next two decades.

Shadow transport minister Jodi McKay complained that the work will add chaos and disruption to an already stretched network.

But the minister slammed Labor for failing to deliver the new Sydney Metro scheme during its 16 years in office, despite promising it five times.

Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins told The Sydney Morning Herald the project would “really open up the whole station” and connect commuters to the new metro and suburban train lines but conceded there would be “some disruption” for passengers during the four-year project.

The new line will help 100,000 extra daily commuters get across Sydney and will bump up the number of train services from about 120 an hour now to up to 200 an hour.

Work on the Sydney Metro is slated for completion in 2022.