Sydney got its first close-up look today at the city’s new metro train, ahead of Sydney Metro services starting in the first half of next year.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance inspected the state-of-the-art train at Sydney Metro HQ at Rouse Hill today.
“With 94 per cent of tracks already laid, Metro rail services will start in the North West region in the first half of next year. Customers will have a train every four minutes in the peak in each direction between Rouse Hill and Chatswood,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Sydney Metro will then be extended under Sydney Harbour, into the Sydney CBD and beyond to Bankstown in 2024 – all up, 31 Sydney Metro stations and 66km of new metro rail with the ability for a train every two minutes in each direction under the Sydney CBD.”
Sydney’s revolutionary metro trains will have:
- Full air-conditioning;
- Full accessibility with level access between the train and platform – no more step up into the train;
- Two multi-purpose areas per train for prams, luggage and bicycles;
- Wheelchair spaces, separate priority seating and emergency intercoms; and
- Real time travel information and live electronic route maps.
“Customers won’t need a timetable on Sydney Metro – you’ll just turn up and go, and trains will be required to run at 98 per cent on-time reliability,” Mr Constance said.
“The Sydney Metro system will have full mobile coverage and there will be video help points at all stations.”
When the Liberals & Nationals were elected in 2011 we got on with the job of building Sydney Metro Northwest, Stage 1 of Australia’s largest public transport project. Tunnelling is now complete and major construction is well underway.
This is in stark contrast to Labor’s record who first promised a rail line to North West Sydney in 1998, a second Harbour rail crossing in 2005, then a North West Metro in 2008 and then a North West rail link in 2010. None of these projects got anywhere during its 16 years in office.
At the Sydney Metro Trains Facility at Rouse Hill, train testing has focused on systems like brake functions, passenger information displays, lighting and door operation, as well as acceleration, braking and operation at different speeds.
The train testing will progressively expand to the skytrain and the new twin 15km tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping.
Each 132 metre train weighs about 240 tonnes and is made from stainless steel and carbon steel.
Safety is Sydney Metro’s number one priority and the testing is being done in close consultation with the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator.
Sydney Metro, Australia’s first fully-automated railway, will be able to move more than 40,000 people an hour in each direction. Suburban Sydney rail lines can each