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More Trains, More Services Stage 2 North Package

T4 Capacity Improvement and T8 Airport Line Capacity Improvement

About Next Rail

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 the More Trains, More Services stage 2 north package of works that includes T4 capacity improvement and T8 Airport Line capacity improvement.

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 the 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

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

Construction will begin in the middle of 2020 and be completed in advance of the service improvements, which are planned for late 2022.


Sustainability Policy

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Next Rail is committed to delivering the MTMS Program in a safe, reliable, smart and sustainable manner. Balancing economic, environmental and social issues in order to leave a positive legacy and contribute to a sustainable transport system for NSW. Next Rail will work towards achieving this commitment by implementing a Sustainability Pathway on the MTMS Program by:

  • Considering whole of life costing
  • Working together
  • Fostering innovation
  • Having a customer and community focus
  • Engaging our partners
  • Considering the future

Read the Next Rail Sustainability Policy for details.

Why are we involved in the School?

This project will be engaging with thousands of businesses – from sole traders and small businesses to medium-sized and large organisations – and so we’re keen to work with our suppliers and ensure that we are all speaking the same language, understand our sustainability priorities, and learn as we go.

Organisations of all sizes are signing up to the School so they can grow the skills and knowledge of their people, make more informed, sustainable and cost-effective decisions, operate more efficiently and sustainably, and become more competitive in today’s market. Because the e-learning modules correspond directly to our objectives, suppliers will be better placed to understand what these requirements mean to them and we will be in a better position to meet the environmental, economic and social goals of our projects.

Objectives and targets

Infrastructure adapts to meet future needs
T4 & T8 capacity upgrade
Achieve an IS Design Rating for the MTMS Stage 2 Program
>65 points
Achieve an IS As-Built Rating for the MTMS Stage 2 Program
>65 points
Economic sectors are targeted for success: Education & Training
Apprentices to be 20% of all trade positions. Learning Workers to be 20% of total full-time equivalent positions. 6 work placements per annum (pro rata) for people over 16 years of age currently in school. 6 graduate placements per annum (pro rata) for university undergraduates or recent graduates.
Decrease Energy / Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions produced by the MTMS Stage 2 Program
Reducing GHG emissions by 30% compared to a base case footprint (covering at least Scope 1, Scope 2 and land clearing). Use at least 10% alternative fuels to reduce GHG emissions in construction vehicles. At least 25% site-based electricity energy from Green Power or renewable sources. Maximise the use of solar panels on all packages where implementation of panels is feasible.
Waste is re-used and recycled to support the development of a circular economy
Ensuring 100% of all topsoil (by volume) retains its productivity and is beneficially re-used on or nearby to the project or asset. Ensuring 95% of all spoil is diverted from landfill . Ensuring 90% of inert and non-hazardous waste is diverted from landfill. Ensuring 60% of office waste is diverted from landfill. Ensuring 50% by value of components or pre-fabricated units used can be easily separated on disassembly/ deconstruction into material types suitable for recycling or reuse.
Implementing innovative practices
Development of a Decision Making and Innovation decision making framework. Implementation of at least 1 innovation to be submitted for verification as per Inn-1 within the IS v1.2 Technical Manual.
Reduce materials lifecycle impacts
Reducing material lifecycle impacts by 30% compared to a base case footprint. Reduce absolute quantity of Portland cement by minimum 30%. Ensuring greater than 9% of materials/products by value have ISCA approved environmental labels.
Increased building fit-out performance
Ensuring all new office buildings and fit-outs will be designed and built to a predicted performance of at least 4.5 stars for NABERS energy rating
Reduce water use
Reducing water use by 20% compared to a base case footprint. Maximising the proportion of water from non-potable sources (substituting for potable).
Enhance ecological value
Develop an urban tree planting program with local Council to offset GHG emissions
Environmental heritage is identified, conserved and enhanced
Interpretation and/or Enhancement of heritage values identified on the Project
Effective community and stakeholder engagement
Implement a collaborative approach to minimise impacts to key Stakeholders and streamline Approvals processes and deliver best practice outcomes.
Sharing knowledge to increase the industry benchmark
Consider whole of life costing of the asset throughout the Program
Development of a Life Cycle Cost Analysis to decrease the whole of life impact of the asset
People and places adapt to climate change and future shocks and stresses
A climate change risk assessment to be developed and adaptation measures identified and implemented.
Greater Sydney’s communities are culturally rich with diverse neighbourhoods
Minimum 8% of total workforce aged less than 25. Double the number of women in trade related work - Up from the NSW average of 1% to 2% of the workforce. Minimum 2.5% aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander workers within total workforce. At least 50% of Aboriginal employees to be retained greater than twelve (12) months as part of the workforce. Three percent (3%) of the Agreement value to be awarded to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Enterprises through subcontracting, including a minimum of two (2) contracts.
5% of the overall workforce to be from disadvantaged, disabled and under-represented groups . 1.5% of the IDE’s personnel identify as having a disability. 1.5% of the Agreement value to be awarded to People with Disability enterprises including at least two (2) contracts. The IDE must allocate 1% of the Contract Sum (TOC) on indirect activities or social and disability enterprises that benefit disadvantaged, disabled and under-represented groups. Projects to employ and train people from the local region (the local region will be defined as Greater Sydney) - 50% target.

Procurement Process

The procurement process will follow these five steps:

1. Request for Tender (RFT)
Commercial team release a request for tender (RFT) to potential subcontractors to provide services to the project
2. Subcontractor review
RFT documentation, including Env. &> Sust. Subcontractor Pack and draft contract conditions will be provided to the subcontractor to review
3. Tender interview
A Tender Interview will be conducted between the Project team (Including Sustainability) and the potential subcontractors. The tender interview will include Sustainability questions.
4. Tender analysis using multi-criteria analysis (MCA)
The tender proposal provided by the subcontractor and the tender interview outcomes will be analysed as part of a multi-criteria analysis (MCA), This Tender Analysis, incorporates >20% non-financial aspects.
5. Works awarded
The works will be awarded to the most suitable subcontractor as per the outcome of the tender analysis.

Expressions of Interest (EOI)

Please fill out the form below to send your EOI to the package procurement team.


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    Scope of Works

    The Stage 2 Works of the MTMS Program have an approximate 2-year duration and have been packaged into two geographic works packages: the North Works Package and the South Works Package. In addition to these Packages, the MTMS Stage 2 Works includes other early works packages.

    Next Rail will deliver the North Works Package using two delivery teams, project-wide management, functional and interface teams. The two delivery teams are T4 & T8 and their associated area of works is described below.

    T4 Capacity ImprovementT8 Airport Line Capacity Improvement
    Sydney Terminal
    Asset Rationalisation
    Airport Tunnel
    Power Upgrades

    Package | T4 Capacity Improvement 

    Area | Sydney Terminal & Yard 

    Discipline | Permanent Way (Track) 


        • Install straight track at: Existing crossover 238 A&B; Existing crossover 235 A&B; Existing turnout 183 A; and Existing catchpoint 237
        • Installation of 2 new scissor crossovers at: 185 A&B and 186 A&B; and 187 A&B and 238 A&B
        • Install new turnout 188 A between roads 5-8
        • Install new diamond crossing between roads 5-8.
        • Relocate and renew 236A&B crossover, including 224 point switch.
        • Install new catchpoint 237 with containment rail.
        • Minor track alignment adjustments to Roads 5-8.

    Discipline | OHW 

    Scope: Installation of overhead wiring structure B0+228 including associated overhead wiring switches and removal of existing structure B0+230 plus associated switches.

    Discipline | Civil & Structures 


        • Extension of platforms 9 and 10 at the southern / country ends including associated surface treatments, lighting, PA system, modification to automatic door selection balises for NIF and fencing.
        • CSR & ULX to support new track.
        • Service relocations.
        • Removal of platform road 9B.
        • Removal and disposal off-site of: existing crossover 238 A&B; existing crossover 235 A&B; existing turnout 183 A; existing catchpoint 237; existing catchpoint 182 B; and existing 236 A&B crossover
        • Associated drainage (sumps + concrete drains).

    Area | Illawarra Dive 

    Discipline | Civil

    Scope: Upgrades to drainage system within the dives and surrounding track drainage including between the Illawarra Dives and Erskineville.

    Discipline |  Track, OHW & Signalling 

    Scope: All track works, miscellaneous civil structures, mechanical and electrical equipment, OHW and LV power supplies as required to support the new drainage system. 

    Area | Erskineville 

    Discipline | Permanent Way (Track) 

    Scope: Installation of four (4) new crossovers: new crossover 681 A&B; new crossover 682 A&B; new crossover 683 A&B; new crossover 684 A&B; and track alignment adjustments to Up/Down Illawarra Locals & Up/Down Illawarra Lines.

    Discipline | OHW 

    Scope: Support services system include new and modified OHW runs and OHWS required to reflect the changes to the track alignment.

    Discipline | Civil


        • Combined services routes including: new and modified cable routes; ULXs; required to reflect the changes to the modified signalling design. 
        • New and modified drainage assets required to reflect the changes to the track alignment. 

    Discipline | Electrical

    Scope: 1500V DC feeder cable include:  Additional 1500V DC feeder cable for feeder 31 between Erskineville Substation DC circuit breakers (DCCB) and OHW;  Modify existing 1500V isolating and rail connecting switches (IRCS) to allow for additional cable on feeder 31; and  New or modified cable routes between Erskineville Substation and OHWS SW2+586. 

    Discipline | Signalling

    Scope: Support services.

    Area | Hurstville Crossover 

    Discipline | Permanent Way (Track) 


        • New crossover 984 A&B between the Up Illawarra (main) and Down Illawarra (main).
        • New catch point 984 C with containment rail.
        • 200m of realigned track for the Up Illawarra line and the Down Illawarra (main) lines.
        • Modifications to the superelevation of the Up and Down Illawarra (main) lines.

    Discipline | OHW 

    Scope: OHWS modifications and additions including new supports beneath an existing bridge structure as required by the changes to the track alignment. 

    Discipline | Civil & Structures 


        • Combined services routes include modification of the existing CSR to accommodate the new signalling infrastructure.
        • New and modified drainage assets required to reflect the changes to the track alignment.
        • Removal of an existing non-sectionable overlap as required by the changes to the track alignment.
        • Speed signs include new and modified speed signs to reflect the changes to the track alignment.

    Discipline | Signalling

    Scope: Installation of new signals, points and associated trackside equipment 

    Area | Asset Rationalisation 

    Discipline | Permanent Way (Track) 

    Scope: Straight track at the following locations:  crossover 989 A&B at Hurstville;  crossover 676 A&B at Erskineville;  Hurstville Siding No. 2 Frame; and  Hurstville Maintenance Siding No. 2. 

    Package | T8 Airport Line Capacity Improvement

    Area | Airport Line Tunnel Upgrade 

    Discipline | Mascot Substation 


        • New traction Substation located at 166 O’Riordan Street, Mascot.2x 5MW rectifiers.7.5/9 MVA 33/11kV transformer.4x 1500V feeders to airport line tracks via IRCS room at existing Mascot SH.2x 33kV feeders (7A8 from Chalmers St SS, 7A9 from Wolli Creek Junction SS).2x 11kV feeders (587 from ROC No. 1 SS, 662 from Wolli Creek Junction SS).
        • Cable route between Mascot SS and Airport Line rail tunnel (500m).

    Discipline | Wolli Creek Substation 

    Scope: New traction Substation at Wolli Creek to replace the existing Undercliffe Substation and the existing Wolli Creek Sectioning Hut

    3x 5MW rectifiers
    7.5/9 MVA 33/11kV transformer
    14x 1500V feeders to T4 Illawarra and T8 Airport and South lines
    5x 33kV feeders
    4x 11kV feeders
    Decommission Undercliffe SS and Wolli Creek SH
    Access road.

    Discipline | 33kV Feeders 

    Scope: New 33kV Feeders:

    33kV feeder 7A8 from Chalmers Street SS to Mascot SS
    33kV feeder 7A9 from Mascot SS to Wolli Creek Junction SS
    33kV feeders to run as cable through airport line tunnel.
    Re-configured 33kV Feeders
    702 33kV feeder Wolli Creek Junction SS to Hurstville SS
    705 33kV feeder Wolli Creek Junction SS to Earlwood SS
    765 33kV feeder Wolli Creek Junction SS to Meeks Road SS
    767 33kV feeder Wolli Creek Junction SS to Rockdale SS
    Modification works – relocate feeders from Undercliffe SS to Wolli Creek Junction SS.

    Discipline |  11kV Feeders 

    Scope: New 11kV Feeders:

    11kV feeder 569 from Chalmers Street SS to ROC No. 1 SS
    New feeder 569 to run as cable through airport line tunnel
    Portion of works through street at Green Square to ROC
    Re-configured AC Feeders – Mascot SS
    662/1 11kV feeder Mascot SS to Domestic Station SS (joint in Mascot Station)
    587/3 11kV feeder Mascot Station SS to Mascot SS
    Re-configured AC Feeders – Wolli Creek Junction SS
    662/4 11kV feeder Wolli Creek Station SS to Wolli Creek Junction SS
    688/2 11kV feeder Tempe Station SS to Wolli Creek Junction SS
    689/1 11kV feeder Wolli Creek Junction SS to Turrella Station SS
    690/1&2 11kV feeder Wolli Creek Junction to Arncliffe Station (via new padmount).

    Discipline |  OHW 


        • New auxiliary feeders – 5x runs of 270sqmm auxiliary feeders in airport line tunnel.
        • New auxiliary feeders – 1x run of 270sqmm auxiliary feeder in city outer tunnel.

    Discipline |  Telecommunications


        • Cable Routes
        • Fibre Interconnection Upgrades: New 288F between Sydenham SCC Comms Room A to Wolli Creek Junction Comms Room.
        • Substation Lead-in Cables:Mascot SS to Mascot Comms RoomMascot SS to ROC Comms Room A (via Airport Tunnel) (Diverse)Wolli Creek Junction SS to new joint (location TBC)Wolli Creek Junction SS to existing joint at Wolli Creek StationEarlwood SS – new lead-in cables for 705 line pilot wire protectionMeeks Road SS – new lead-in cables

    Discipline |  Signalling


        • Installation of 8x new tunnel signals and train-stops
        • Modifications to one signal and train-stop
        • Installation of new track circuits
        • Modification to existing track circuits
        • Modification to existing air line for new and removed train-stops
        • Modification to interlocking (automatic signal section)
        • ATRICS changes
        • Local indication system changes
        • New and modified safe-working phones
        • Adjustments to speed signs
        • ATP changes
        • Single stage commissioning anticipated

    Area | Power Upgrade 

    Discipline |  Power Upgrade 

    Scope: New auxiliary feeder in the tunnel for Chalmers Street ‘A’ Substation to St James Sectioning Hut 402 City Outer C04+888 to C05+124.