Above: RA guests listen to Rodd Staples outlining the scope of the Sydney Metro project
Project Director Rodd Staples was the guest and the Sydney Metro, Australia's largest public transport project, was the topic at our June industry lunch in Sydney.
Sponsored by Arcadis Australia Pacific, the lunch attracted more than 160 industry leaders to hear Rodd outline the procurement and construction schedule for this massive project - including the range of future opportunities for industry - as well as share some important learnings around best practice delivery.
Rodd's presentation was just days ahead of the NSW Budget, which allocated around $12 billion over the next four years for the NorthWest, City and SouthWest stages of the project.
The 2016-17 funding for Sydney Metro Northwest includes laying tracks and building eight new metro stations, procurement of Sydney’s new fully-automated metro trains and ongoing construction of the 4km skytrain.
The 2016-17 funding for Sydney Metro City and Southwest includes the tender process for twin tunnels from Chatswood to Sydenham and early construction work in 2017, including building demolitions and planning and design work.
Construction crews have started laying the tracks for Sydney Metro Northwest, which is scheduled to open in the first half of 2019. The first tunnel boring machine for Sydney Metro City and Southwest will be in the ground before the end of 2018, with services expected to start in 2024.