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Sydney Metro

Australia
Sydney Metro

Australia’s biggest public transport project

In 2024, this new, stand-alone railway will have 31 new metro stations and 66km of metro rail. The fully-automatic metro trains will begin service in 2019.

There are currently three parts to Sydney Metro:

  • Sydney Metro Northwest (Tallawong to Chatswood), due to open in 2019, with a train every four minutes in the peak;
  • Sydney Metro City & Southwest (Chatswood to Bankstown), work started in 2017; and
  • The recently announced Sydney Metro West (Sydney CBD to Parramatta), which is still in early planning and development.

Key facts

  • 15.5km twin metro railway tunnels
  • 5 Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs)
  • 6 new station boxes
  • Sydney Metro has the ultimate capacity to run a train every two minutes in each direction under the Sydney CBD
  • 99 000 pre-cast tunnel segments built on site at Marrickville

Transport for NSW selected Bechtel as its Delivery Management Partner (DMP) for the Tunnel and Station Excavation (TSE) Works Package, part of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest (CSW) project. Bechtel works as part of an integrated team to support the customer in contracts,  commercial management and project controls, engineering management, construction management, health and safety management, environment and sustainability management, project communications, and quality. 

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Impact of the project on the city and community

Metro means a new generation of world-class fast, safe and reliable trains easily connecting customers to where they want to go.

When services start in the first half of 2019, customers won’t need timetables – they’ll just turn up and go with a train every four minutes in the peak.

Sydney Metro, together with signalling and infrastructure upgrades across the existing Sydney rail network, will increase the capacity of train services entering the Sydney CBD – from about 120 an hour today to up to 200 services beyond 2024. That’s an increase of up to 60 per cent capacity across the network to meet demand. 

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