John Holland partners with Jacobs to improve Sydney rail network

Australia’s leading private rail group John Holland has joined with Jacobs to partner with Transport for NSW to deliver state-of-the-art improvements for NSW train customers.

The partnership, known as Next Rail, has been awarded a major contact by the NSW Government, to deliver vital rail upgrades across Sydney.

The project worth close to $260 million will create approximately 450 jobs over the course of the project and improve customer journeys across NSW.

The contract will help provide a major improvement in services by removing bottlenecks and delivering essential infrastructure upgrades between Central and Hurstville on the T4 Illawarra, T8 Airport and South Coast lines including:

  • Reconfiguration of track at Sydney Terminal and extensions to platforms 9 and 10
  • Upgrades to Erskineville and Hurstville Crossovers
  • Signalling, overhead wiring, traction power and substation upgrades in the Airport tunnel
  • Other network power upgrades

John Holland Executive General Manager Rail, Steve Butcher, said the contract was a recognition of the company’s strong track record.

“We have a proud history of working with the NSW Government to deliver world-class rail projects across the state,” Mr Butcher said.

“Whether it’s Sydney Metro or the Country Regional Network, John Holland delivers customer focused projects that improve the lives of NSW communities.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with Jacobs on this project, which will deliver hundreds of new jobs and get people home to their loved ones earlier every day.”

Jacobs People & Places Solutions Senior Vice President Operations, Patrick Hill, said the project would improve the travel experience for rail travellers.

“We’re pleased to be working with the NSW Government and John Holland to help modernise the rail network, supporting the rollout of new train technologies and transforming the travel experience of train customers for the better.”

The contract is part of the NSW Government’s More Trains, More Services program.

Construction will begin in the middle of this year and be completed in advance of the service improvements, which are planned for late 2022.