Major Contract

Sydney Metro – West – Tunnel and Excavation – Eastern Package

Sydney Metro – West – Tunnel and Excavation – Eastern Package

Sydney Metro West will deliver a new direct, 24 kilometre underground rail connection between the CBDs of Parramatta and Sydney.

Tunnelling work along the line is to be delivered under three packages:

  • Western Package (Westmead to Sydney Olympic Park)
  • Central Package (Sydney Olympic Park to The Bays Precinct), and
  • Eastern Package (The Bays Precinct to Sydney CBD).

Subject to planning approvals, the scope of Metro West – Eastern Tunnelling Package comprises:

  • 3.5 kilometres of twin metro tunnels between future stations at The Bays and Hunter Street in Sydney CBD
  • excavation of caverns and shafts, at The Bays, Pyrmont, and Hunter Street Stations
  • turnback tunnels to the east of the Hunter Street Station
  • demolition works of existing structures at Pyrmont and Hunter Street sites
  • cast in situ linings for all mined station caverns, and
  • ancillary works including utility services and minor road works.

Key Dates

Sep 2021 ROIs Open
Oct 2021 EOIs Open
Nov 2022 Contract Award
Mar 2023 Expected Construction Commencement
Dec 2025 Expected Construction Completion


Procuring Agency: Sydney Metro
Shortlist: An ACCIONA and Ferrovial Joint Venture; a Bouygues, Vinci Construction Grands Projets, and Soletanche Bachy Joint Venture; and a John Holland, CPB Contractors, and Ghella Joint Venture.
Successful Tenderer: John Holland, CPB Contractors, and Ghella Joint Venture
Related contracts:
Independent Estimator
Successful Tenderer - E3 Advisory


2017 An initial round of community engagement took place to build awareness of Sydney Metro – West and obtain market information to shape its scope, and ensure the desired transport and land-use outcomes are met.
Apr 2018 Initial delivery strategy for Sydney Metro – West was released for consultation. The strategy comprised several packages, including two tunnelling packages: Westmead to The Bays Precinct and The Bays Precinct to Sydney CBD.
Jun 2018 Turner & Townsend was appointed by TfNSW as the Managed Service Provider (MSP) for the Sydney Metro City & Southwest and the Sydney Metro West final business case. Turner & Townsend will work on the final business case with HKA and Crossrail International.
Dec 2018 Sydney Metro released the base case delivery strategy, which revised the scope of the two tunnel contracts to make their size more equal.
Oct 2020 The NSW Government confirmed that tunnelling and excavation work on Sydney Metro – West has been restructured into three packages at the Transport Infrastructure Pipeline 2025 industry briefing.
Jul 2021 The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment issued Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for the major civil construction between The Bays and Sydney CBD.
Sep 2021 Sydney Metro called for Registrations of Interest (ROIs) for the contract, and announced the risk allocation and the commercial model will be formulated through an interactive process following the ROIs. Pre-qualified registrants from the ROI process would progress to the Expression of Interest (EOI) process – expected to begin in late October – with shortlisting of bidders expected in early 2022. Contract award, following the detailed bid phase, is expected by the end of 2022.
Feb 2022 Sydney Metro announced the shortlist for the project.
Sep 2022 Planning approval was granted for Sydney Metro to deliver the Eastern Package's planned twin tunnel for the Eastern Package of the project.
Sep 2022 Sydney Metro released a Request for Tender for Independent Estimator Services, closing on 10 October.
Nov 2022 Sydney Metro awarded the contract to a John Holland, CPB Contractors and Ghella Joint Venture.
Feb 2023 E3 Advisory was appointed as the Independent Estimator for the project.
Estimated Total Cost
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
New South Wales |
Tender notices