Sydney’s first metro train has arrived and is getting ready to hit the tracks and revolutionise public transport in Australia.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance today marked the milestone of the train’s arrival and the first tracks being laid on the iconic skytrain.
“This is huge – our first metro train is here and undergoing final fitout,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“This 21st century train will revolutionise how we get around Sydney, with a capacity to move more than 40,000 people an hour on the new Sydney Metro system.”
The six carriages of the first metro train have arrived at the Sydney Metro Trains Facility at Rouse Hill and will be prepared for testing over the coming months.
“In two years, people living in the North West will get a train every four minutes in the peak in each direction, a level of service never before see in Australia,” Mr Constance said.
“After that, services will extend into the CBD by 2024 – which will have an ultimate capacity of a metro train every two minutes in each direction under the city.”
The first 1km of railway track is now being laid on the skytrain at Rouse Hill as part of Australia’s biggest public transport project.
The $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest project is Stage 1 of Sydney Metro, which will be the first fully automated metro rail system in Australia.
Sydney Metro Northwest includes eight new metro stations, five existing stations upgraded to metro standards and 4,000 new commuter car parking spaces.