Sydney Metro would change Sydney forever: NSW Premier

Sydney’s new world-class rail one step closer

The formal planning process for Sydney Metro City & Southwest has begun, bringing new world-class metro rail one step closer for the city.

The new world-class rail Sydney Metro will change Sydney forever, said NSW Premier Mike Baird.

“It will help boost capacity of our rail network by 100,000 people every hour, servicing our growing global city for generations to come,” Mr Baird said.

The project aims for Sydney Metro to move more people across the harbour in peak hour than the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel combined.

Sydney Metro will also deliver ‘turn up and go’ rail services with more than 65km of new metro rail on a standalone line.

The rail project includes:

  • A State Significant Infrastructure Application to be lodged later this week confirming the metro route.
  • New metro stations confirmed for Crows Nest, Victoria Cross (North Sydney), Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt St (near Park Street) and underground at Central.
  • A potential extension of metro rail to Liverpool, which could cut travel times to the CBD by up to 15 minutes and reduce crowding on the existing T1 Western Line and T2 South Line.

Stage 2 of Sydney Metro will include twin tunnels stretching the entire 15km from Chatswood to Sydenham and proposed new stations at:

  • Crows Nest: located on the western fringe of Crows Nest village with access to the station via the corner of Clarke Street and Hume Street, and the corner of Pacific Highway and Oxley Street.
  • Victoria Cross: located in the northern section of North Sydney’s CBD. Access to the station will be via the eastern side of Miller Street between Berry Street and Mount Street.
  • Barangaroo: station will combine Sydney’s world-class metro rail system with the city’s new global business hub. It will be located at Barangaroo Central.
  • Martin Place: will be integrated with the existing suburban station underground between Castlereagh and Elizabeth streets. It will include a world-class subterranean rail interchange which means customers won’t need to go to the surface to change trains.
  • Pitt Street: metro station will be located below Pitt and Castlereagh streets and north of Park St, servicing the southern CBD and the George St and Pitt St retail precincts.
  • Central: an underground station will link to existing intercity and suburban rail services.

The NSW Government is also conducting ongoing investigations into a proposed metro station at either Waterloo or Sydney University.

Construction of Stage 1 of Sydney Metro (the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest) is more than half complete and due to start passenger services in 2019 with Sydney Metro City & Southwest expected to open in 2024.

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