Sydney Metro's trains will each have:
- full air-conditioning
- full accessibility with level access between the train and platform
- two multi-purpose areas per train for prams, luggage and bicycles
- wheelchair spaces, separate priority seating and emergency intercoms
- real-time travel information and live electronic route maps.
With trains every four minutes in each direction in peak hour between Rouse Hill and Bankstown, customers will be able to turn up and go.
Sydney Metro will be able to move more than 40,000 people an hour in each direction. By contrast, current suburban Sydney rail lines can each reliably move about 23,000 people an hour.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said major construction for stage one of Australia’s first fully-automated railway is well underway.
“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,” 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.”
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.
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.