The construction, infrastructure and engineering sectors will continue playing a key role in the Australian economy as a job creator. The Federal Government is committed to stimulating the economy post-COVID, identifying infrastructure as a priority within this effort.
We should be busy as that stimulus feeds into our industry sectors, while many construction and infrastructure projects in development with committed funding are proceeding without major impact. In NSW, the substantial pipeline includes the Metro rail network, Parramatta Light Rail, and major highways projects, creating 2-3 years of high activity ahead.
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Background of the Sydney Metro Project at the Central Business District
Sydney's transport system was due an upgrade to meet the demands of increased tourism and population growth. This new standalone railway will deliver 31 metro stations and more than 66 kilometres of new metro rail, revolutionising the way Australia’s biggest city travels.
When Sydney Metro is extended into the CBD and beyond in 2024, metro rail will run from Sydney’s booming North West (phase 1) region under Sydney Harbour, through new underground stations in the CBD and beyond to the South West (phase 2).
Sydney Metro, together with signalling and infrastructure upgrades across the existing network, will increase the capacity of train services across Sydney from about 120 an hour today, to up to 200 services an hour beyond 2024.
Australia’s largest public transport project is a job creator
One of the major infrastructure projects that will play a role in boosting our post-pandemic economy and Australia’s largest public transport project, the Sydney Metro’s CBD and above-ground station works will revolutionise Sydney’s transport system and boost employment. The new Metro line will help meet the demands of Greater Sydney’s projected tourism and population growth when completed in 2024, with ‘turn up and go’ trains every four minutes in peak hours.
Commenced in 2017, the new travel network has already created new jobs for engineering, construction and infrastructure professionals. With 31 stations and more than 66 km of new rail, the new line extends from Sydney’s North West (phase 1) region under the harbour through to new underground CBD stations and out to the South West (Phase 2).
Together with network-wide signalling and infrastructure upgrades, the Metro will increase Sydney’s train services capacity from 120 per hour to up to 200 services an hour from 2024. Technology will provide customers with pre-trip planning on smartphone travel apps and real-time information at metro stations and in train carriages. Passengers can also access other public transport information about their end-destination after disembarking from their Metro trip.
Queensland activity generating countless new employment opportunities
In Brisbane, the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail Project is Queensland’s highest priority infrastructure project, with the new line and high-capacity stations set to unlock the transport network’s bottlenecks and problems, while creating countless new employment opportunities.
When completed by 2024, the new 10.2-kilometre line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills will enable an efficient transport network, stimulate urban development and generate 1,500 new jobs annually, including in the engineering, construction and infrastructure sectors.
The project will include a twin 5.9-kilometre tunnel under the CBD and Brisbane River. With South East Queensland’s population growing, rail needs are projected to triple. The new line will be used by 164,000 passengers daily, and during peak times, trains can run every five minutes.
Benefits of the Sydney Metro
The Metro means a new generation of world-class fast, safe and reliable trains easily connecting customers to where they want to go. When services start in the second quarter of 2019, customers won’t need timetables – they’ll just turn up and go with a train every four minutes in the peak.
Technology will keep customers connected at all stages of their journey, from:
- Planning at home using smart phone travel apps
- Real time journey information at metro stations and on-board trains
- Accessing information and other public transport to help get to their destination after they leave the train.
In building new metro stations for Sydney, an exciting opportunity exists to integrate global best practice and innovative thinking to create a sense of place. Planning is progressing for integrated station developments, including: Victoria Cross, in North Sydney; Waterloo Station; Pitt Street; Crows Nest; and Martin Place.
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Excellent post-pandemic job opportunities ahead
There are excellent opportunities ahead for organisations who can strike the right balance of clear strategy and risk management. Infrastructure is one of the likely post-COVID winners, as the government boosts investment and creates jobs.
Despite the current health crisis, skills shortages as the economy recovers will create some excellent candidate opportunities, as companies need to deliver works with local hires while Australia’s domestic and international borders remain closed. These local hires will include experienced professionals who are among the many expatriate Australians relocating home at this time.
CGC – your recruitment partner
At CGC Recruitment, our team of experienced consultants cover all major infrastructure, engineering and construction sectors. We help clients throughout Australia deliver their projects by attracting the best candidates and talent. This sector-driven focus gives CGC a strong understanding of the project lifecycles, government policy and economic considerations impacting our industry and the demand for skilled professionals.
CGC Recruitment helps complex, large-scale development projects – like the Sydney Metro Project – to achieve the best outcomes through recruiting outstanding professionals. Our highly-motivated team of experienced consultants help clients and candidates connect with major projects by bringing in the best talent and opportunities.
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