Full steam ahead for Central Station's Sydney Metro upgrade

By Melissa Coade|13 March 2018

A tender has been awarded to deliver major upgrades to Sydney’s Central Station in what is expected to be the nation’s biggest public transport infrastructure project.

Firms: Pinsent Masons (Laing O'Rourke Australia); Ashurst (Transport NSW)

Deal: Laing O’Rourke Australia has won the tender to deliver a major infrastructure upgrade to Sydney’s Central Station.

Value: $955 million

Area: Government, infrastructure

Key players: Pinsent Masons partner Anthony Arrow led the team advising Laing O’Rourke Australia.

Deal significance:


The Sydney Metro Upgrade is being touted as the biggest public transport infrastructure project in Australia.

As part of the works, the NSW government has committed to the renewal of Central Station, which will include excavation and construction for new platforms, adjustments to existing infrastructure, and a new 19-metre wide underground concourse from Chalmers Street.

The NSW government hopes that upon completion, the upgrade will improve how commuters connect between light rail, suburban and inter-city trains, the new Sydney Metro and Sydney buses. 

Pinsent Masons partner Anthony Arrow, who advised Laing O’Rourke on its winning tender, said that the Sydney Metro was an iconic project.

“The project is complex and has been procured under a commercial framework which drives collaborative behaviours critical to its success and the success of the overall Sydney Metro program,” Mr Arrow said.

“We are proud to have advised Laing O'Rourke Australia on its successful tender to deliver the Central Station metro upgrade.”

Full steam ahead for Central Station's Sydney Metro upgrade
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