Sydney Metro’s third mega tunnel boring machine (TBM) has broken through a wall of rock at the new Crows Nest Station, marking a major milestone in the project which will link the North West Metro to the CBD and onto Bankstown.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet today joined workers at Crows Nest to welcome the arrival of Wendy, less than five months after the TBM was launched from Chatswood.
“TBM Wendy only started digging in January and has now arrived at Crows Nest after completing three kilometres of tunnelling,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“This is incredible progress on the next stage of Sydney Metro, which will take the recently opened North West Metro from Chatswood, under the Harbour, through the CBD and onto Bankstown.
“Once the next stage of this gamechanging project opens there will be turn-up-and-go Metro train services to 31 stations along a new 66 kilometre railway.”
Mr Perrottet said the NSW Government strong economic management has made mega infrastructure projects like Sydney Metro possible.
“A strong budget allows us to get on with the job and deliver our record infrastructure program, building a better future for everyone in NSW no matter where they live,” Mr Perrottet said.
“Sydney’s North West is already seeing the benefits of a turn-up-and-go Metro service and now we are a step closer to taking the service to more NSW communities and families.”
TBM Wendy will now spend several weeks undergoing maintenance before being re-launched at Crows Nest and tunnelling towards the next future Sydney Metro station at North Sydney.
So far four TBMs are in the ground tunnelling the 15.5 kilometre twin railway tunnels from Chatswood and Marrickville.