The Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport project has reached a significant milestone with the awarding of the third and final major contract, a development that propels metro services closer to realization within the Greater Western Sydney area.
Chosen through a meticulous process, the Parklife Metro consortium has been entrusted with executing the comprehensive Stations, Systems, Trains, Operations, and Maintenance (SSTOM) contract for the collaborative undertaking of the Australian and New South Wales governments.
Distinguished by its extensive purview, the SSTOM contract claims the distinction of being the most expansive among all Sydney Metro contracts granted thus far, representing the largest Public Private Partnership accorded within the jurisdiction of New South Wales.
This intricate agreement encompasses the delivery of 12 novel metro trains, establishment of six additional stations spanning from St Marys to the emerging Aerotropolis, establishment of fundamental rail systems, and the creation of a stabling and maintenance facility at Orchard Hills.
Parklife Metro's responsibilities encompass not only the operation but also the maintenance of the Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport line for a span of 15 years following its commencement of service.
Aligned with a shared vision between the Australian and New South Wales governments, the operational timeline for the Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport is set in synchronisation with the inauguration of Western Sydney International for passenger services.
Coinciding with the final contract's allocation is a momentous achievement in the project's trajectory. Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport holds the distinction of being Australia's inaugural rail infrastructure initiative committed to certified carbon-neutrality from its inception through construction and into operation. This commitment entails the mitigation and offsetting of carbon emissions stemming from both construction and ongoing operation.
Progress is already manifest as an integral facet of this ambitious undertaking. Preparations are underway at the forthcoming Aerotropolis Station, priming the site for tunnelling endeavours connecting the airport to the Aerotropolis location, an endeavour poised to commence in the year 2023.
The scope and significance of this project are poised to shape the trajectory of the burgeoning Greater Western Sydney region, seamlessly linking daily commuters and travellers to the emerging Western Sydney International Airport. This venture is poised to wield substantial economic influence, engendering pronounced job opportunities to the tune of more than 14,000 during the construction phase.