North West Rail Link Construction Ramps Up As Showground Station Site Cleared

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today urged communities and businesses across Sydney’s North West to prepare for increased construction activity on the North West Rail Link project as work ramps up.

“The community will see much more construction activity over coming weeks and months as we get on with the job of delivering Australia’s biggest public transport infrastructure project,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“This massive infrastructure project is starting to take shape – there will be 16 major construction sites right across the North West.

“Residents and businesses need to be aware there may be delays around these sites – we’ll be keeping people informed about the work that’s going on and ensuring impacts are reduced as much as possible.”

At Epping, demolition of the Epping Business Park located along Ray Road and Beecroft Road has begun. Work here involves removing three commercial buildings.

From today, a 48 tonne excavator and 43 tonne excavator has started operations at the site for external demolition. 

The excavators will use hammer attachments which will grab and breakdown sections of the concrete structure. Demolition work at the Epping Business Park is expected to finish by the end of the year.

At the site of the new Showground Station – one of the project’s key tunnelling construction sites – demolition work is now complete, including the demolition of the Hills Centre.

“The entire demolition process took about eight weeks and involved more than 10 items of heavy demolition machinery, including a 48 tonne excavator with shears and a hammer,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“More than 90 per cent of the materials removed from the demolition site have been recycled.”

At construction sites across the North West, the community can expect to see increased activity, including:

  • The delivery of major construction equipment, including bulldozers, excavators, articulated dump trucks, cranes, compactors and rollers;
  • Site clearing;
  • Relocation of utilities like power, telecommunications, water and gas supplies; and
  • Demolition and earthworks.

 Each site is required to meet strict requirements to manage potential impacts such as noise, dust, erosion and any traffic disruption.

Most of the work will be carried out during standard construction hours, but some may occur out of hours for safety or to minimise the impact on traffic.

Residents and businesses will be kept informed and will be notified in advance of any out of hours work.

People with an inquiry about construction work or the North West Rail Link project in general, can:

 

Construction facts

 There will be a total of 16 construction sites for the North West Rail Link project and thousands of construction jobs.

Depending on the site and stage of the project, any single construction site may have multiple functions over the life of the project.

 For example, a construction site can be used for the launch of a tunnel boring machine and future station.

 The 16 sites are:

  • Epping Services Facility
  • Cheltenham Services Facility
  • Cherrybrook Station
  • Castle Hill Station
  • Showground Station
  • Norwest Station
  • Bella Vista Station
  • Balmoral Road
  • Memorial Avenue
  • Kellyville Station
  • From Samantha Riley Drive to Windsor Road (skytrain zone)
  • From Old Windsor Road to White Hart Drive (skytrain zone)
  •  Rouse Hill Station
  • Windsor Road Viaduct
  • Windsor Road Viaduct to Cudgegong Road
  • From Cudgegong Road to the Rapid Transit Rail Facility