Full steam ahead on Sydney Metro
Major construction starts next year on Stage 2 of Sydney Metro, connecting the North West to the Sydney CBD and beyond.
Stage 1 update
Sydney Metro Northwest, opens in the first half of 2019 with a new metro train every four minutes between Rouse Hill and Chatswood.
Tunnelling on Stage 1 finished earlier this year with twin 15km tunnels between Rouse Hill and Epping safely completed.
Stage 2 update
Metro services will be extended from Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour, through new underground stations in the Sydney CBD and beyond to Bankstown; services on Stage 2 are expected to start in 2024.
A new standalone railway network for Sydney, Sydney Metro includes 31 metro stations and more than 65km of new metro rail.
Sydney Metro will have the capacity to move more people in the busiest hour of the peak than the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel combined and will revolutionise how people get around Sydney.
The first of five tunnel boring machines will be in the ground before the end of 2018 to deliver new twin railway tunnels stretching 15.5km from Chatswood to Sydenham.
This includes a specialised tunnel boring machine designed to deal with the unique ground conditions under Sydney Harbour, where the twin tunnels will be more than 40 metres below the surface of the harbour.
Sydney Metro City & Southwest will result in about 30 million fewer cars trips annually in 2036, with a metro trip from Chatswood to Central to take just 15 minutes – 11 minutes faster than the existing suburban railway system.
The Metro extension under the Harbour into the city will take pressure off the congested Wynyard and Town Hall stations, with Martin Place to become a major interchange where passengers can switch between lines to travel on different parts of Sydney.
Ultimately Sydney Metro, together with signalling and other rail upgrades across the existing network, will increase capacity of train services into the CBD from about 120 per hour today, to up to 200 services beyond 2024. That’s an increase of up to 60 per cent capacity across the network to meet demand for a growing city.
The NSW Government has started the planning approvals process on Stage 2, the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project, with an Environmental Impact Statement now on public exhibition.
This Environmental Impact Statement specifically addresses the Chatswood to Sydenham section of Sydney Metro, which includes new metro stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross in North Sydney, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street, Central and Waterloo. The planning approvals process for the upgrade of the existing railway line to Bankstown will start later this year.
For more information got to www.sydneymetro.info