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Macquarie Park Bus Priority and Capacity Improvement Project, Stage 2 (Package 1A)

Macquarie Park is a rapidly growing residential, commercial and shopping district, needing long-term bus and road improvements to support the area’s future growth.

Herring Rd runs adjacent to the brand-new Macquarie University Station Precinct, currently in planning, which will be home to Macquarie University and Macquarie Shopping Centre.

About the project

Transport for New South Wales released the tender on October 25, 2021 for this project. The works to be carried out under this Contract involve an upgrade of the intersection of Waterloo Road and Lane Cove Road and the upgrade of Herring Rd from Booth St to improve the reliability and efficiency of bus services, while easing congestion and improving traffic flow for all road users in the area.

The length of the project is approximately 340 metres in the local government area of City of Ryde.

Key features of the Contract include:

  • Provide a dedicated right turn bus lane from Waterloo Rd EB to Lane Cove Rd SB
  • Provide dual right turn lanes from Waterloo Rd WB to Lane Cove Rd NB
  • Provide single through lane along Waterloo Rd WB through Lane Cove Rd intersection
  • Extend single left turn lane from Waterloo Rd EB to Lane Cove Rd NB
  • Modify existing left turn slip lane from Lane Cove Rd NB to Waterloo Road WB to high entry angle configuration and improve refuge island pedestrian storage
  • Modify existing left turn slip lane from Waterloo Rd EB to Lane Cove Rd NB to high entry angle configuration
  • ~70m long retaining wall up to 2m in height at 33 Waterloo Road with integrated traffic barrier

Project Key Risks

Two main risks that will need to be addressed:

  1. The contractor will need to be cognizant of the work’s impact on the community and stakeholders. The project has received some backlash from the community, therefore it is imperative to minimize impact on the community including local residents and businesses, as well as the nearby Macquarie University.
  2. Macquarie Park is set to be transformed in the next 20 years with 7,500 new homes, 3 new metro stations and potentially up to 20,000 new workers in the area. This project will need to meet the needs of future traffic and community demands that go with this kind of significant population growth. The contractor will need to carefully consider the impact of vehicle loads on the road, and how services may need to be changed to meet future needs.

This project is jointly funded by the Australian Government, and is part of Stage 2 of the Macquarie Park Bus Priority and Capacity Improvement Project.

Stage 1 of the project was completed by Ward Group for a value of $15 million.

Package 1B is currently being completed by Georgiou Group, due for completion in June 2022.

The Head Contractor must be qualified at Road Category R3 or higher and Financial Level F20 or higher and must hold current accreditation under the NSW Government WHS Management Systems and Auditing Guidelines (5th Edition) for RMS work at the time of closing of this tender.

A pre-tender meeting will be held at 9am on Monday 8 November 2021 via Microsoft Teams.

Tender closes on Friday December 17 2021 at 2:30pm.

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