Sydney Metro extends beyond the north west

Tunnelling on Sydney Metro Northwest is almost complete, just over a year after work started on Australia’s longest railway tunnels.

Four mega tunnel boring machines were used on the project – for the first time on an Australian transport infrastructure project – and two have already finished work.

The twin 15km railway tunnels run from Bella Vista to Epping and are now more than 90 per cent complete.

When Sydney’s new metro trains start running through them in the first half of 2019, customers will have a service every four minutes in each direction in the peak – that’s 15 trains an hour and almost four times the number of trains running in the peak today between Epping and Chatswood.

The NSW Government recently announced Sydney Metro Northwest is now the first stage of the broader Sydney Metro project.

Stage 2 of Sydney Metro will extend metro rail from the end of Sydney Metro Northwest at Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour, through new underground stations in the CBD and beyond into the south west.

Services are expected to start in 2024, linking the North West, including Macquarie Park and Macquarie University, direct to the city on Australia’s first fully-automated railway system.

Ultimately, Sydney Metro will have the capacity to run a train every two minutes in each direction under central Sydney.

Sydney Metro will be able to move more people in an hour across Sydney Harbour than both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel combined.

While tunnelling may soon be wrapping up on Stage 1 of Sydney Metro Northwest, the first tunnel boring machine will be in the ground before the end of 2018 on Stage 2.

New metro stations have also been confirmed at: Crows Nest, Victoria Cross in North Sydney, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street, under Central Station and either at the University of Sydney or Waterloo.

This means 31 metro stations and more than 65km of metro rail linking the North West, the city and the southwest.

The new Barangaroo station will support an $8 billion economic catchment within a 10 minute walk of the station, ease congestion at Wynyard and Martin Place stations and service the new Barangaroo Reserve and the 10,000 people visiting this iconic headland park every day.

And Crows Nest station delivers new metro rail to the Crows Nest village, local schools and businesses and improves transport access to the southern side of the St Leonards commercial centre.

Investigations will also start into potentially extending metro rail from Bankstown to Liverpool.