In Transport

New South Wales Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian

Monorail Removal Project

Victor P Taffa

Project Background

In March 2012, the NSW Government purchased Metro Transport Sydney, the company that owned Sydney’s Monorail and Light Rail and announced the Monorail will stop operating on 30 June 2013.

The Monorail needs to be removed to make way for the development of the new Sydney Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct in Darling Harbour, which is scheduled to begin in late 2013. Operating since 1988, the Monorail has reached the end of its economic life.

Transport for NSW is managing the decommissioning and removal of the Monorail infrastructure.

Planning The Removal

Transport for NSW prepared a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the Monorail removal in accordance with Part 5 of the NSW Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 in consultation with technical experts, community members, key stakeholders, the City of Sydney and government agencies.

The REF identified the potential environmental impacts (such as traffic, transport and access; noise and vibration; socio-economic; heritage and visual impacts) and proposes mitigation measures.

The REF was on display for public comment and a number of submissions were received. Transport for NSW will now consider the matters which were raised and prepare a report.

Removing The Monorail

In July 2013 the Monorail will be decommissioned. This will involve closing all the stations, terminating the ticketing, power and other services, and removing the train sets from the track at the maintenance facility on Darling Drive.

From August 2013 to mid 2014, the infrastructure will be dismantled and removed, including:

  • 3.6 km of steel track
  • Convention, Galleries’ Victoria, City Centre and Paddy’s Market stations
  • The columns that support the track and station structures
  • The maintenance facility on Darling Drive
  • 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
  • Transporting all materials removed to appropriate facilities for re-use, recycling and/or disposal.

Following a Registration of Interest process to determine market interest in acquiring and/removing the Monorail, Transport for NSW has assessed the submissions and shortlisted three parties. They are Ford Civil Contracting Pty Ltd, Metropolitan Demolitions Pty Ltd and Transfield Services.

These companies have been invited to provide competitive tenders to remove and re-cycle the infrastructure. Should there be a potential purchaser interested in relocating the infrastructure for future use as an operating system, they would need to team up with one of the shortlisted companies.

Should any party wish to acquire a component such as a carriage, they should email

Project Timeline


Key Activity


4 September

Invite Registrations of Interest (ROI) for Monorail removal and purchase

Mid September

Appoint consultants for Engineering services, Planning services, Demolition methodology and Traffic management

Late September

Begin environmental assessment

12 October

ROI for Monorail removal closes

29 Nov – 21 Dec

Display of Review of Environmental Factors for public consultation

10 and 11 December

Community Information Sessions

Mid December

Issue tenders for Monorail removal



Close tenders for Monorail removal


Complete environmental assessment process


Award tender for removal

30 June

Cease Monorail operations


Decommission Monorail

August – mid 2014

Remove Monorail infrastructure



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