Coffey has been engaged by Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to perform the geotechnical, contamination and utility investigations for the Parramatta Light Rail project in Sydney, New South Wales.

By applying lessons learnt with previous projects, it was identified early on that the best for project solution was the complementary capabilities of Coffey and Tier I contractor, Lendlease Services as subcontractor.

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Operations Manager Sydney, Tony Carroll, explained how combining geotechnical, contamination and utility investigations in a single program will address multiple challenges.

“This program is a first of its kind in NSW. It will require a more focused effort to align field works, but will prove to lessen the impact on the community”.

“Bundling the three investigations will also minimize the risk of undiscovered utilities”, Carroll explained.  “We’re providing geotechnical, contamination and utilities services to better inform the design and construction phases,” Carroll added.

This is a significant transport infrastructure project for the people of Western Sydney. The 20km light rail will connect Westmead, Parramatta, Camellia, Telopea, Carlingford, Sydney Olympic Park and Strathfield, and will provide a frequent and reliable transport mode for growing and emerging precincts along that corridor.

Procurement for construction contracts is planned for 2017, with construction to start in late 2018.

Visit the Parramatta Light Rail site http://parramattalightrail.nsw.gov.au/.