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Arup joins Turner & Townsend on Sydney Metro rescue bid

Arup has been brought in by Australia’s New South Wales government to join Turner & Townsend in working to revive plans for a light rail network in Sydney city centre.

Premier Kristina Keneally axed the A$5bn (£2.9bn) Sydney Metro project in February 2010, even though the government had already spent more than £190M on a 9km long scheme through the central business district (CBD) (NCE 25 February 2010).

But there are hopes that the scheme can be revived and last month transport body Transport for NSW (TNSW) appointed Turner & Townsend to provide cost planning services as it develops a Sydney Light Rail strategic plan.

Arup has now been appointed to provide engineering advice.

The plan will assess the benefits and costs of expanding the existing light rail network along three key corridors, through the central business district, to the University of New South Wales and to the University of Sydney.

Turner & Townsend and Arup will work with TNSW to identify preferred routes within the three corridors.

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