Western Sydney businesses lead the way for new airport metro line

Greater Western Sydney is set to benefit from a jobs boost following the awarding of a $538.5 million contract for the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport.

The contract for Surface and Civil Alignment Works was awarded to a joint venture between CPB Contractors and Western Sydney group, United Infrastructure.

Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher and NSW Minister for Transport and Veterans David Elliott met this week with workers from United Infrastructure.

Mr Fletcher said this contract was a great boost for the region with more than 20 per cent of the workforce for this project coming from Western Sydney.

“The project will also source a minimum of 50 per cent of Australian steel, including reinforcement on all three of the project’s major contract packages, which will be a further boost to jobs in Australia,” Mr Fletcher said.

“We’re committed to not only providing world-class transport for the area, but to boosting the availability of jobs in the local area,” he said.

Mr Elliott said the recent contract award to a consortium of three Western Sydney companies – Mulgoa Quarries, Burton Contractors and JK Williams – was a huge boost for the region’s job growth.

“As work on this contract ramps up over the coming months, 50 new jobs, including apprentices and trainees, will be created to support United Infrastructure in delivering the works for the construction of the new metro rail line.

“A new generation of engineers, carpenters, steel fixers, machine operators and other trades will get their start on this major transport infrastructure project – a unique opportunity to help shape
the new Western Sydney Parkland City,” Mr Elliott said.

This contract includes construction of: 3.5 kilometres of elevated viaduct at Orchard Hills and Luddenham; 6.7 kilometres of earthworks for track formation; a 190 metre long rail bridge over the new M12 motorway; a 20 metre long rail bridge within the airport; the construction of temporary and permanent access roads; and bulk earthworks for the stabling and maintenance facility site.

NSW Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said: “This is the second major contract to be awarded for the delivery of this critical rail project, which will provide a significant boost for the region supporting 14,000 new jobs, including 250 apprenticeships during construction,” Mr Ayres said.

“Western Sydney is fast becoming a magnet for new advanced industries, investment and high skilled jobs and this project will set up Western Sydney and the entire country for success,” Mr Ayres said.

A $1.8 billion contract was awarded to CPB Contractors and Ghella in late 2021 to deliver 9.8 kilometres of new twin metro rail tunnels.

The 23-kilometre metro line will link St Marys to the centre of the new Aerotropolis at Bradfield via the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport. Six stations will also be built along the alignment.

The Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments. The third and final major contract package to be procured for the project is expected to be awarded at the end of this year.