Sydney Metro Northwest
Sydney Metro Northwest, formerly the North West Rail Link, is the first stage of Sydney Metro. Sydney Metro City & Southwest is the second stage.
Sydney Metro Northwest will be the first fully-automated underground rail system in Australia, and will open to customers in the first half of 2019. Sydney Metro Northwest will deliver eight new railway stations and 4,000 commuter car parking spaces to Sydney’s growing North West. Trains will operate every four minutes during peak periods, with at least 15 trains per hour.
Sydney Metro Northwest will deliver, for the first time, a reliable public transport service to a region which has the highest car ownership levels per household in Australia. Over the coming decades, an extra 200,000 people will move into Sydney’s North West, increasing its population to more than 600,000, or twice the size of Canberra.
Sydney’s new generation of fast, safe and reliable metro trains will be rolled out on Sydney Metro Northwest first. They will have the highest levels of customer safety including constant CCTV monitoring and platform screen doors to improve safety on platforms. These screen doors, at the edge of the platform, keep people and objects away from the edge, allowing trains to get into and out of stations much faster.
The project includes construction of twin 15 km tunnels from Bella Vista to Epping which are Australia’s longest rail tunnels. This contract was awarded in late June 2013 and four tunnel boring machines are now in the ground.