John Holland extends Sydney’s light rail

The Inner West Light Rail Extension will proceed with civil engineering contractor, John Holland working on the construction.

Detailed design and construction of the main infrastructure elements of the $176 million light rail extension will be John Holland’s main responsibility.

Delivery of nine additional light rail stations, power and signaling systems and bridge works are included in the contract.

According to the NSW Government, the selection of John Holland followed a competitive tender process, with early work to begin this month.

John Holland will immediately get started on its detailed design work for the stops and other light rail infrastructure.

Premier Barry O’Farrell said communities of the Inner West can look forward to a “new transport option in 2014”.

“Along with the South West and North West rail links, the NSW Government is on the fast track to delivering additional heavy and light rail lines for Sydneysiders,” Mr O’Farrell said.
 
He said this light rail extension gives people another option to leave their car at home, which eases traffic congestion.

Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejiklian said there will be workers on the tracks as early as June as they begin to establish worksites and start on preparatory works such as geotechnical investigations.

“In our first budget, we committed funds to not only build the light rail extension from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill but to develop a strategic plan for light rail in Sydney,” Ms Berejuklian said.

“These actions, along with the purchase of the existing light rail line in March and the awarding of this contract today make it clear the NSW Government is serious about providing an integrated and customer-focused new transport option for Sydney.”
 
The local community will see the results of the design work later this year during a consultation period, Ms Berejiklian said.

“In the next phase of consultation, we will seek feedback from the community on the detailed design of the stations and the streetscape elements surrounding each stop to ensure the project benefits from local knowledge,” she said.

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