Cost consultant Turner & Townsend has been brought in by Australia’s New South Wales government to help it 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).
Transport body Transport for NSW (TNSW) has now appointed Turner & Townsend to provide cost planning services as it develops a Sydney Light Rail strategic plan.
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 will work with TNSW to identify preferred routes within the three corridors.
Project development will involve detailed scoping and project definition, assessment of benefits and cost, and validation of the business case sufficiently to enable a decision to be made to proceed to project delivery.
Cost planning will be undertaken for a possible revived CBD route along George Street as well as connections to the University of Sydney, and to the University of New South Wales.