Sydney Metro Out of Hours Work – October 2021

Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest public transport project
Services started in May 2019 in the city’s North West with a train every four minutes in the peak. Metro rail will be extended into the CBD and beyond to Bankstown in 2024. There will be new CBD metro railway stations at Martin Place, Pitt Street and Barangaroo and new metro platforms at Central.

In 2024, Sydney will have 31 metro railway stations and a 66-kilometre standalone metro railway system. There will be ultimate capacity for a metro train every two minutes in each direction under the Sydney city centre.
BESIX Watpac has been awarded the contract to build Barangaroo Station, providing high quality public transport access to the area.

John Holland CPB Ghella (JHCPBG) is building the 15.5-kilometre long twin railway tunnels between Chatswood and Sydenham and excavating six new metro stations, including one at Barangaroo. JHCPBG are continuing to demobilise from Barangaroo in preparation for handover of the whole site to BESIX Watpac later this year.

Upcoming out-of-hours work – Hickson Road

From Wednesday 27 October 2021 there will be up to four nights of out-of-hours work on Hickson Road. This is to pre-cut the steel girders supporting the Hickson Road temporary bridge deck and install the temporary propping, to prepare for its upcoming demolition.

During the road closure, other works will be undertaken at the North Shaft required for the modification of site power. A crane will be mobilised on two separate nights - Wednesday 27 October and Saturday 30 October - to install electrical equipment. The works will be undertaken at the same time as the works to Hickson Road temporary bridge deck.

Due to high daytime traffic volumes, the nature of activities and to ensure pedestrian safety, this work will be carried out at night between 6pm and 5am.

During this work, Hickson Road will be closed between Towns Place and Barton Street. Road users may experience short delays.

A detour will be in place via Towns Place, Dalgety Road, Kent Street and Napoleon Street. Bus services 311, 324 and 325 will be rerouted via this detour. There will be some changes to bus stops, including temporary bus stops near the corner of Kent Street and High Street. These bus stops will service the 311, 324 and 325 bus services. For more information about temporary changes to the bus routes 311, 324 and 325 visit .

Directional signage will be in place for the safety of workers and the community. Please refer to the map on the following page for details about the road closure, detour routes and changes to bus services.

What to expect

  • Temporary lighting may be used to ensure a safe work site and will be directed away from properties.
  • There will be traffic management onsite to aid pedestrians and direct traffic.
  • Equipment to be used includes traffic control vehicles, oxy-acetylene torches and hand tools.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times to and from the foreshore from the south and to High Steps, Nawi Cove and Barangaroo Reserve.
  • Access to driveways along Hickson Road will be maintained for residents and businesses.
  • Some of this work will be noisy. The project team will take every step possible to minimise noise impacts. A range of mitigation measures are in place to meet the project’s approval conditions and reduce noise such as using only the necessary equipment for each task, turning off equipment when not in use and equipping all machinery with non-tonal movement alarms.


Work will involve


Location, dates and times
Hickson Road between Towns Place and Barton Street

  • 6:00pm Wednesday 27 October – 5:00am Thursday 28 October
  • 6:00pm Thursday 28 October – 5:00am Friday 29 October
  • 6:00pm Friday 29 October – 5:00am Saturday 30 October
  • 6:00pm Saturday 30 October – 5:00am Sunday 31 October

If the work cannot commence or be completed on these dates it will be completed across four nights in November:

  • 6:00pm Wednesday 03 November – 5:00am Thursday 04 November
  • 6:00pm Thursday 04 November – 5:00am Friday 05 November
  • 6:00pm Friday 05 November – 5:00am Saturday 06 November
  • 6:00pm Saturday 06 November – 5:00am Sunday 07 November


  • Installing traffic management to close Hickson Road
  • Setting up a temporary worksite including safety and environmental controls
  • Raising the steel girders in six locations
  • Partially cutting the steel girders using an oxy-acetylene cutting torch, to prepare for demolition
  • Packing up and demobilising the worksite
  • Removal of site boundary fencing
  • Installation of electrical equipment
  • Electrical works inside the hoarding and Northern Shaft compound
  • Reinstatement of site boundary fencing
  • Reopening Hickson Road

Work Area



Thank you for your cooperation while we complete this essential work
If you have any questions please contact the BESIX Watpac Community Engagement Team on 1800 171 386 (24-hour community information line) or at




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