Southwest Metro upgrade contract awarded
The next contract has been awarded to upgrade stations on the more than 125-year-old T3 Bankstown Line between Sydenham and Bankstown to metro rail standards.
Work will start in the first half of 2021 at Marrickville, Canterbury and Lakemba stations. It includes:
- Upgrading and re-levelling existing platforms to provide level access to the new fully-air conditioned metro trains – no more step into the train for customers;
- Two new lifts at Canterbury Station, connecting the concourse to Platforms 1 and 2;
- New family-accessible toilet at Canterbury Station;
- Upgrades to stations like painting, improved lighting, tiling and paving;
- Upgrading security fencing to the rail corridor, including installing anti-throw screens on existing overbridges adjacent to each station; and
- Improvements to interchanges including bike parking, taxi spaces, kiss and ride and accessible parking.
The stations will also be prepared for the installation of platform screen doors. These glass safety barriers keep people and objects like prams away from the tracks and are being used for the first time in Australia on Sydney Metro.
Metro services on the upgraded Bankstown Line start in 2024, when customers will have a train every four minutes in each direction in the peak – that’s 15 trains an hour each way.
Currently, some stations like Wiley Park and Canterbury only have four trains an hour.
The $97 million contract has been awarded to an unincorporated joint venture of Haslin Constructions Pty Limited and Stephen Edwards Constructions Pty Ltd.
Further contracts will be awarded in 2021.