Contractor completes Sydney Metro upgrades

Northwest Rapid Transit have completed upgrades to existing stations between Epping and Chatswood, part of its $3.7 billion dollar contract.

Northwest Rapid Transit were awarded the Operations, Trans and Systems contract in 2014.

The upgrades to the stations between Epping and Chatswood were one part of that contract.

Works included 28 kilometres of new train signal cabling, bringing stations and platforms to metro railway standards, paving and tiling work, high voltage cabling for the tunnels and power supply substations and some segregation fencing to ensure safety of train operations and track workers.

All stations on the Sydney Metro are accessible with lifts at each station and level access between platforms and trains eliminating the gap between the train and platform.

The stations also have glass safety screen doors on the edge of platforms to keep people safe and increase efficiency. This is a technology first for Australia.

Customers using the metro stations at Macquarie Park, Macquarie University and North Ryde will have almost four times as many trains an hour than before as part of Sydney Metro.

The rest of the $3.7 billion contract includes delivering eight new stations, 4000 commuter car-parking spaces and the delivery of Sydney’s new metro trains.

When this contract was awarded in 2014 it was largest public private partnership awarded in New South Wales.

Overall the works on Sydney’s Metro Northwest railway are worth $8.3 billion.

The North West Metro will be open to passengers on Sunday the 26th of May running from Rouse Hill to Chatswood and will be free for the first day.

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