Major recognition for Sydney Metro Northwest tunnels

The team which built Australia’s longest railway tunnels on the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest project has been recognised with a major industry award.

Tunnel builders CPB John Holland Dragados have won Infrastructure Partnerships Australia’s award for contractor excellence in the 2016 National Infrastructure Awards.

The twin 15km railway tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping were safely completed in January this year, ahead of schedule.

CPB John Holland Dragados delivered the tunnels on behalf of Transport for NSW.

The award recognises exceptional work completed by a contractor including achievement of time, safety and quality objectives.

Sydney Metro program director Rodd Staples said: “We’ve worked in partnership to deliver a truly outstanding piece of public infrastructure which is the foundation of a brand new 21st century railway network for Sydney.

“More than 4,600 people worked on just the tunnelling component of Sydney Metro Northwest and this award is a testament to their hard work and professionalism.”

Sydney Metro Northwest was the first time in Australian history four tunnel boring machines were used on the one transport infrastructure project.

CPB John Holland Dragados was awarded the $1.15 billion contract in mid-2013 to build the twin 15km tunnels from Bella Vista to Epping.

CPB John Holland Dragados Project Director Terry Sleiman said: “This project has been a terrific opportunity to participate in the delivery of an extremely important piece of infrastructure for Sydney and, in particular, for people in the communities where we have been working.

“It also showcases what can be achieved when both the public and private sectors work together with a common purpose.”

Sydney Metro Northwest is on track to open in the first half of 2019 with a new metro train every four minutes in the peak.

Image: IPA Chairman Adrian Kloeden, Terry Sleiman from CPB Contractors, John Holland and Dragados and category sponsor Rob Ward of MUFG