Monorail Removal Project
In March 2012, the NSW Government purchased Metro Transport Sydney, the company that owned Sydney’s Monorail and Light Rail and announced the Monorail would be removed to make way for the development of the new Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct in Darling Harbour. Operating since 1988, the monorail had reached the end of its economic life and stopped operating on 30 June 2013.
Transport for NSW is managing the decommissioning and removal of the monorail infrastructure. After a competitive tender process, an experienced Sydney-based company Metropolitan Demolitions Pty Ltd was awarded the contract for removing and recycling the infrastructure.
The project involves ongoing consultation with technical experts, community members, key stakeholders, Roads and Maritime Services, the City of Sydney, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, emergency services and other government agencies.
Removing the Monorail
During July and early August 2013 the monorail was decommissioned. This involved closing all the stations, terminating the ticketing, power and other services, and removing the monorail carriages from the track at the maintenance facility on Darling Drive.
During August-September, the maintenance facility on Darling Drive was stripped out and in October, removal of Galeries and Convention stations was completed. On November 3, the last section of steel track was removed from above the Western Distributor.
The concrete pedestals have been removed from the CBD and structural features on Pyrmont Bridge are being re-instated. Detailed information is available on the Current works page.
The detailed removal work program and traffic management program has minimised impacts like noise and traffic disruption on businesses, residents and other key stakeholders along the route.
Scope of Works
Starting 12 August 2013, the infrastructure has been dismantled and removed, including:
- 3.6km of steel track
- Convention and Galeries Victoria stations. (The Paddy’s Market station will be removed in 2014 when the Sydney Entertainment Centre is demolished: the remaining stations are privately owned.)
- the steel columns that support the track and station structures
- the concrete bases of the columns
- redundant electrical and other servicing infrastructure such as wiring and substations
- ticketing, signage and other equipment associated with the stations and monorail network
- the Convention/Allen Street pedestrian footbridge across Darling Drive to make way for the new exhibition, convention and entertainment facilities.
There was no interest in acquiring the monorail as an operating transport system. Some parties have acquired components such as carriages.
All unwanted materials are being taken to appropriate facilities for re-use, recycling and/or disposal.
|4 Sep||Invite Registrations of Interest (ROI) for monorail removal and purchase|
|September||Appoint consultants for Engineering services, Planning services, Demolition methodology and Traffic management|
|September||Begin environmental assessment|
|12 Oct||ROI for monorail removal closes|
|29 Nov - 21 Dec||Display of Review of Environmental Factors for public consultation|
|10 Dec - 11 Dec||Community Information Sessions|
|Mid December||Issue tenders for monorail removal|
|February||Close tenders for monorail removal|
|February||Complete environmental assessment process|
|Early May||Award tender for removal|
|30 Jun||Cease monorail operations|
|July - Early August||Decommission monorail|
|12 Aug - March 2014||Complete removal and demolition activities|
Last section of monorail track removed
Western Distributor to close for final Monorail track removal (pdf 41KB)
Inner West Light Rail major works to be carried out (pdf 45KB)
Sydney Monorail removal to commence Monday night (9 August 2013)
Monorail removed from Sydney's skyline (17 July 2013)
Monorail's days are numbered (13 May 2013)
Time to make your bid for Sydney Monorail (2 September 2012)
Monorail to cease operations June 2013 (22 June 2012)
Government buys light rail company: Monorail to be pulled down (23 March 2012)
NSW Transport Info for alternative transport options.
Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP) website
Darling Harbour website
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