Sydney Metro has two core components:
- Sydney Metro Northwest - formerly the 36km North West Rail Link. This project is now under construction and will open in the first half of 2019 with a metro train every four minutes in the peak
- Sydney Metro City & Southwest - a new 30km metro line linking with Metro Northwest at Chatswood, and then under Sydney Harbour, through the CBD and south west to Bankstown. It is due to open in 2024 with the capacity to run a metro train every two minutes each way under the centre of Sydney.
Sydney Metro City & Southwest has three proposed core components:
Northern Corridor Works: 3 km section of new metro railway between Chatswood Station and St Leonards, mostly contained within the existing rail corridor.
Sydney Harbour Metro Crossing: Twin tunnels from the St Leonards/Crows Nest area to Victoria Cross, beneath Sydney Harbour, on to new stations in Sydneys CBD, and then Sydenham.
South west extension to Bankstown: Proposed upgrade and conversion of the existing 13.5 km railway from Sydenham Station to Bankstown Station to metro.
Subject to community input, it is proposed to build at least five new metro stations at Central, Pitt Street, Martin Place, Victoria Cross (North Sydney) and the St Leonards/Crows Nest area.
Additional metro stations are also being investigated at Artarmon Industrial Area and either the University of Sydney or Waterloo.
Stations along the existing Bankstown Line will be upgraded. There will be safety screen doors on platforms and all stations will be fully accessible.
Together, Sydney Metro City & Southwest and the Western Sydney Rail Upgrade Program (a major program including new services and rail upgrades for the T1 Western Line) will deliver benefits for train customers across Sydney, especially the west, north west and south west, including:
- Cutting crowding on the T1 Western Line and on suburban trains from the south west
- Less platform crowding at Wynyard and at other key stations such as Town Hall and North Sydney
- Up to 10 minutes faster from Bankstown to the city
- Around 20 minutes faster trip, Martin Place to Macquarie Park
- Space for an extra 100,000 passengers in the busiest hour of the peak
The Western Sydney Rail Upgrade Program will deliver more trains and more capacity for people from Penrith, Blacktown, Westmead and Parramatta.
ICN is seeking registration of general interest from suppliers and contractors at all levels of project delivery. Companies that have registered will be notified of specific work packages as the project procurement proceeds, and invited to register specific interest.
ICN NSW is funded by the NSW Government via NSW Department of Industry.
Further information on the project is available at www.sydneymetro.info.
A documentary on Sydney Metro is currently showing on SBS on Wednesdays at 8.30pm AEST or watch via SBS on Demand here.