The world class Sydney Metro rail network will be expanded to connect even more of Sydney and free up capacity on the existing network under a NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s strong economic management has made it possible for planning to begin on four additional Metro routes.
The new Metro routes will be:
Metro West extension – Westmead to Western Sydney Airport
North South Rail Line extension –
St Marys to Rouse Hill via Schofields.
Western Sydney Aerotropolis to Macarthur.
Metro South West extension – Bankstown to Liverpool
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is delivering Australia’s first Metro network. It will provide turn-up-and-go trains services up to every two minutes and complement the existing Sydney Train network,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The four additional Sydney Metro projects announced today are on top of the five Metro projects the Government already has underway.”
Work will start over the next four-years on the early planning for these projects, as part of the Government’s long-term transport vision. “Metro North West from Rouse Hill to Chatswood is almost complete, under budget and will open in May,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The second and third stages, Sydney Metro City and South West, are under construction and we are accelerating Sydney Metro West, and the North South Rail Line to the new Western Sydney Airport.”
Construction on Sydney Metro West will start next year. Construction on the North South Rail Line to the Western Sydney Airport will start in 2021 and will be complete for the Airport’s opening in 2026.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said only the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will be able to deliver the Metro rail network across Sydney.
“When Labor were last in office they announced 12 rail projects and only delivered half of one,” Mr Constance said.
“It is clear Labor has not learnt. They have already committed to cancel the Sydenham to Bankstown Metro upgrade.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals are committed to develop a Metro Rail network across Sydney. Labor’s only plan is to cancel projects.”
Tunnelling is well underway on the first section of the new City Metro tunnels, where more than five kilometres of tunnelling is already finished.
Tunnel Boring Machine Nancy has built nearly 2.5 kilometres of tunnel while TBM Mum Shirl has excavated just under 2 kilometres. Both machines will pass underneath the Sydney CBD as they dig 8.1 kilometres via new metro stations at Waterloo, Central, Pitt Street and Martin Place, on their way to Barangaroo. TBMs Wendy and Mabel have dug about 732 and 101 metres respectively from Chatswood towards Sydney Harbour.