Legislation has passed the New South Wales Parliament to create a new statutory authority to deliver Sydney’s new metro railway system.
The legislation establishes Sydney Metro, which will have accountability for the entire metro lifecycle, from planning, construction, delivery and operations of metro services to its integration within the city.
According to a statement from Transport for NSW, Sydney Metro will be owned by the NSW Government and will be part of the Transport for NSW cluster, operating similar to Sydney Trains.
The Sydney Metro Delivery Office, which has been working within Transport for NSW since 2011, will be transitioned into the new authority, which is expected to come into effect on 1 July 2018.
“Sydney Metro is a game-changer for Sydney which will revolutionise the way we get around our great global city for future generations to come – metro rail is here to stay,” NSW Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance said in a statement.
“New world-class metro rail services will start before we know it – in the first half of next year in the booming North West, then extending into the CBD and beyond to Bankstown,” he said.
In 2024, Sydney will have 31 Sydney Metro stations and 66km of new metro rail, with a new metro train every four minutes in each direction in the peak.”
The statement said the Sydney Metro is a key part of delivering the NSW Government’s Future Transport 2056 priorities.