Firm awarded upgrade contract for Australia’s largest railway hub

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Laing O’Rourke, which earlier this week said it had narrowed losses at the business last year, has been awarded the AUS$955m (£537m) contract to work on the upgrade of Australia’s biggest railway hub, Central Station.

The project for the Sydney Metro City & Southwest has been designed by architects John McAslan + Partners, who designed the King’s Cross station extension in London, and Australian firm Woods Bagot.

The station revamp is part of a wider AU$20bn (£11bn) Sydney Metro project, Australia’s biggest public transport infrastructure scheme.

The Central Station metro upgrade includes the main concourse, northern concourse and metro box platforms.

Central Station sees more than 250,000 people passing through every day, with passenger numbers expected to grow to 450,000 a day in the next 20 years.

Pre-tax losses at Laing O’Rourke in the year to March 2017 fell to £67m from £246m on revenue up to £3.2bn from £2.5bn.