Sydney, New South Wales


Sydney Airport Corporation Limited 



  • Airports


2015 – 2016 

Contract value

<$25 million 


Sydney International Airport –
Ground Access Improvements Project 2B & 5   


Fast facts

4 no.

significant design improvements provided additional functionality

0 (zero) no.

unplanned operational impacts

60% reduction

in volume of contaminated groundwater needing extraction through innovation


Project 2B is one of several stages of a larger project to provide improved access into and out of the Sydney Airport International Terminal (T1) precinct. It comprises road construction to improve traffic flow, relocation of major public utility and Sydney Airport services, raising of the road levels, kerb and retaining structure adjustments, and the construction of piles in preparation for future stages of works.

The completion of the new road will help to alleviate congestion issues arising from merging and weaving traffic trying to access the Arrivals Court, Departures Plaza and terminal carparks.

Key scope includes:

  • Design and construct of the Marsh Street Bridge widening from one to two-full width lanes from the existing Giovanni Brunetti Bridge to the existing widened Bridge Crescent (Project 5 variation)
  • Construction of a new access road from Marsh Street, forming a sharp hook adjacent to the Ausgrid substation, to connect to Centre Road
  • Alterations to the pedestrian crossings on Cooks River Drive
  • Alterations and widening of existing roads in the vicinity of the entry to the T1 precinct from Marsh Street
  • Adjustments to the stormwater drainage, kerb works and street lighting, together with services diversions and other works
  • Service diversions for the primary water and power supply to the T1 precinct including 375mm and 200/250mm water mains, 3 x 33kV Ausgrid feeder cables, and 3 x 33kV Sydney Airport cables
  • Diversions to other services including low voltage cables and irrigation supply

The project team completed a portion of work six weeks ahead of the original program to align with the peak holiday season, therefore minimising the disruption for patrons during the airport’s busiest travel period.

“Thank you for all the effort you’ve invested to get these roads open before the school holidays.

On behalf of the Landside Operations team, we sincerely appreciate you achieving this milestone. The new roads will make a huge positive impact to our passengers’ journey to the T1 precinct, especially in peak hours. And for many years to come, I’m sure your every journey to the airport for a holiday or business flight will raise smile as you pass over these roads. I know I will.”

Jayson Connacher, Ground Transport Program Manager, SACL, Jun 2016

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