Sydney Metro have awarded a $227 million contract to upgrade the 125 year old Bankstown Line to metro rail standards.
John Holland and Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction will take on the works.
The project includes upgrading 15 bridges that cross over or under the railway, including the installation of safety screens.
Civil construction works will involve building retaining walls, culverts and track drainage. Crews will build fencing along the rail corridor and will segregate the existing freight line from the new driverless railway tracks.
In addition, a $98 million contract has been awarded to Downer EDI Works to upgrade three stations to Metro standards.
This will include upgrading and re-levelling of existing platforms to accomodate the new metro trains, building lifts at Hurlston Park and Wiley Park stations.
Upgrades to the stations amenities such as toilets, bike parking, taxi spaces and park and ride will be included in the works.
The stations will also be prepared for the installation of platform screen doors for increased safety.
Services are set to start on the Bankstown Line in 2024.