AUSTRALIA: Project promoter Sydney Metro has let the third and final major works package for the Western Sydney Airport metro programme, covering Stations, Systems, Trains, Operations & Maintenance.

The contract, announced on December 16, will see the Parklife Metro consortium complete the six stations on the 23 km line, and supply 12 trainsets, railway systems and build a stabling and maintenance facility at Orchard Hills. This package is valued at A$5·2bn. The total project cost is approximately A$11bn.


The consortium will also operate and maintain the Western Sydney Airport line for 15 years after opening.

Parklife Metro is made up of Plenary Group (60% investor and Special Purpose Vehicle lead); Siemens Mobility/Siemens Financial Services (20%); Webuild (10%); and RATP Dev (10%), which will operate and maintain the metro.

Siemens Mobility supplies 12 three-car, fully automated metro trainsets, digital rail infrastructure including signalling, electrification, telecoms, platform screen doors and depot.


‘The public-private partnership has brought together four world-class organisations to partner with Sydney Metro, and our collective international experience will ensure the latest and best technologies and innovations are applied to Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport’, said Parklife Metro Chair Paul Oppenheim. ‘We look forward to delivering such a city-changing project, one that will bring further momentum to the significant transformation taking place in Western Sydney.’

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The automated metro will link St Marys station on the Sydney Trains suburban network with the Aerotropolis regeneration area via Western Sydney International Airport, which is now under construction. The line is expected to open alongside the airport later this decade.

The consortium says it has committed to being certified carbon-neutral from the start of construction through to operation.