SYDNEY: A joint venture between Mott MacDonald and SMEC (FutureRail) has been awarded the technical adviser role on a 10-year rail improvement programme in Sydney.
The contract covers the planning of future stages of the ‘More Trains, More Services’ programme by Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW).
The programme, in which $4.3bn (£2.3bn) is being invested, is intended to transform the Sydney rail network and provide more reliable and high-capacity services.
FutureRail will be tasked with assisting the delivery of the infrastructure upgrade plan through tasks such as transport modelling and planning, feasibility studies, business case support, design, procurement assistance and delivery support.
Digital systems technology being introduced as part of the programme is set to increase the capacity on each line to up to 24 trains an hour.
Mott MacDonald TfNSW key account leader Craig Burrell said: “We look forward to working with TfNSW once again on such a significant project – a programme that fundamentally changes the way Sydney-siders use the rail network to connect to their jobs, their communities and their way of life.” Transport for NSW, sometimes abbreviated to TfNSW, and pronounced as Transport for New South Wales, is a statutory authority of the New South Wales Government that was created on 1 November 2011 to manage the transport services in the state of New South Wales, Australia.
SMEC national manager for rail Ray Murphy added: “In this role, we’ll be able to work closely with TfNSW in setting the direction for future improvements to the rail network in New South Wales.
“We’ll be drawing upon our national and international expertise in transport planning and design across both SMEC and Mott MacDonald to meet the client’s ambitious objectives.”