The NSW Budget will commit $6.2 billion towards the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project and $5.8 billion for Sydney Metro Northwest over the next four years – fully funding Australia’s biggest public transport project. A new standalone railway network, Sydney Metro is the solution to clearing the city’s public transport bottlenecks. Working together with major upgrades to the Western Line, Sydney Metro will deliver the capacity to increase the number of trains across the entire Sydney railway system from 120 to about 200 in the busiest hour of the day. This means the railway network across greater Sydney will have room for an extra 100,000 train customers an hour in the peak.
And this week has seen funding become secure for the network, which will be an automated metro line and at its peak will operate 30 trains an hour through in each direction – a train every two minutes each way – with trains required to run on time 98 per cent of the time.
Premier Mike Baird, Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance made the announcement as the tunnels for Sydney Metro Northwest were handed over within budget and 10 months early – ready for railway tracks to be installed and the new metro stations built.
Ms Berejiklian said the 2016-17 NSW Budget will "continue the Government’s record commitments to public transport with not only $1.32 billion to continue work on the Metro Northwest, but also $1.39 billion to continue the Metro under the Harbour, through the CBD and on to Bankstown.”
Mr Constance congratulated the almost 400 tunnellers and 4600 workers who’ve delivered this new section of new world-class railway ahead of schedule; “Every day there’s major leaps forward with Sydney Metro ( @ ) and the exciting part is we’re only just getting started.”
2016-17 funding for Sydney Metro Northwest includes laying tracks and building eight new metro stations, procurement of Sydney’s new fully-automated metro trains and ongoing construction of the 4km skytrain.
2016-17 funding for Sydney Metro City & Southwest includes the tender process for twin tunnels from Chatswood to Sydenham and early construction work in 2017, including building demolitions and planning and design work. Construction crews have started laying the tracks for Sydney Metro Northwest, which is scheduled to open in the first half of 2019. The first tunnel boring machine for Sydney Metro City & Southwest will be in the ground before the end of 2018, with services expected to start in 2024.
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