Stations confirmed for Sydney Metro, first TBM to arrive soon

The first tunnel boring machine (TBM) for the Sydney Metro project will be in the ground before the end of 2018.The first tunnel boring machine (TBM) for the Sydney Metro project will be in the ground before the end of 2018.

TBMs will be utilities for Stage 2 of Sydney Metro, which will bring world-class metro rail under Sydney Harbour and the CBD.

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance in November revealed in a statement the locations of Sydney’s new world-class metro railway stations and announced investigations will begin into potentially extending metro rail from Bankstown to Liverpool.

“Sydney Metro will change Sydney forever – it will help boost capacity of our rail network by 100,000 people every hour, servicing our growing global city for generations to come,” said Mr. Baird.

The formal planning process for Sydney Metro City & Southwest project has begun, including:

  • A State Significant Infrastructure Application, which was lodged in November confirming the metro route;
  • New metro stations confirmed for Crows Nest, Victoria Cross (North Sydney), Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt St (near Park Street) and underground at Central;
  • A potential extension of metro rail to Liverpool, which could cut travel times to the CBD by up to 15 minutes and reduce crowding on the existing T1 Western Line and T2 South Line.

“This new high capacity metro line will be able to move more people across the Harbour in the busiest hour of the peak than the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel combined,” Mr. Constance said.

“Sydney Metro will deliver ‘turn up and go’ rail services with more than 65 kilometres of new metro rail on a standalone line.”

Stage 2 of Sydney Metro will involve twin tunnels stretching the entire 15 kilometres from Chatswood to Sydenham and proposed new stations at Crows Nest, Vitoria Cross, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street and an underground station at Central.

The NSW Government is conducting ongoing investigations into a proposed metro station at either Waterloo or Sydney University.

Construction of Stage 1 of Sydney Metro – the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest – is more than half-complete and due to start passenger services in 2019 with Sydney Metro City & Southwest expected to open in 2024.

Transport for NSW has begun contacting affected property owners, the majority of which are commercial tenants in the CBD, North Sydney, Chatswood, Sydenham and Crows Nest.

The community will have the opportunity to give further feedback as part of the environmental planning assessment process towards the middle of 2016.

A second industry briefing will be held next month to update the new project scope and proposed delivery method.

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