Sydney Metro track laying steams ahead
Delivery of Sydney's world-class metro railway is progressing rapidly. Almost 5km of track and 13,000 tonnes of rock ballast has been laid, plus approximately 5000 sleepers and 2.5km of overhead wiring have been installed.
Work is also rapidly progressing on maintenance building at the Sydney Metro Train Facility at Rouse Hill, which will be the new headquarters for Sydney Metro operations when services start in 2019.
NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the new Sydney Metro is taking shape rapidly.
“By the end of the project 19km of steel will be laid at the site, and 108km of railway steel will be used across the entire Sydney Metro Northwest project," Mr Constance said.
“Millions of trains will run down these tracks over 100 years, changing the face of Sydney and making trips easier and faster for commuters across the city.”
When the fully-automated and standalone service commences in 2019, the Sydney Metro Trains Facility will stable and maintaine a total of 22 metro trains on-site.
When stage two of Sydney Metro is operational in 2024, including under Sydney Harbour and through the CBD, the Rouse Hill facility will also maintain the extra trains needed to service the entire 66km line to Bankstown.