Sydney Metro

Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest public transport project.

A new standalone railway, this 21st century network will deliver 31 metro stations and more than 65 kilometres of new metro rail for Australia’s biggest city – revolutionising the way Sydney travels.

Services start in the first half of 2019 using Sydney’s new generation of fully–automated metro trains.

From Sydney’s booming north west region, metro rail will run under Sydney Harbour, through new underground stations in the CBD and beyond to the south west.

Customers won’t need a timetable when Sydney Metro opens – they’ll just turn up and go.

When Sydney Metro is extended into the CBD and beyond in 2024, there will be ultimate capacity for a metro train every two minutes in each direction under the city – a level of service never before seen in Sydney.

Sydney’s new metro railway will have a target capacity of about 40,000 customers per hour, similar to other metro systems worldwide. Sydney’s current suburban system can reliably carry 24,000 people an hour per line.

Sydney Metro, together with signalling and infrastructure upgrades across the existing Sydney rail network, will increase the capacity of train services entering the Sydney CBD – from about 120 an hour today to up to 200 services beyond 2024. That’s an increase of up to 60 per cent capacity across the network to meet demand.

Sydney Metro has two core components:

Stage 1: Sydney Metro Northwest –

Formerly the 36 kilometres North West Rail Link. This $8.3 billion project is now under construction and will open in the first half of 2019 with a metro train every four minutes in the peak. Tunnelling has finished and construction is progressing rapidly.

Stage 2: Sydney Metro City & Southwest –

A new 30-kilometre metro line extending metro rail from the end of Sydney Metro Northwest at Chatswood under Sydney Harbour, through new CBD stations and south west to Bankstown. It is due to open in 2024 with the capacity to run a metro train every two minutes each way through the centre of Sydney.

For more information on the EIS, please visit the Chatswood to Sydenham page

Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest public transport project.

A new standalone railway, this 21st century network will deliver 31 metro stations and more than 65 kilometres of new metro rail for Australia’s biggest city – revolutionising the way Sydney travels.

Services start in the first half of 2019 using Sydney’s new generation of fully–automated metro trains.

From Sydney’s booming north west region, metro rail will run under Sydney Harbour, through new underground stations in the CBD and beyond to the south west.

Customers won’t need a timetable when Sydney Metro opens – they’ll just turn up and go.

When Sydney Metro is extended into the CBD and beyond in 2024, there will be ultimate capacity for a metro train every two minutes in each direction under the city – a level of service never before seen in Sydney.

Sydney’s new metro railway will have a target capacity of about 40,000 customers per hour, similar to other metro systems worldwide. Sydney’s current suburban system can reliably carry 24,000 people an hour per line.

Sydney Metro, together with signalling and infrastructure upgrades across the existing Sydney rail network, will increase the capacity of train services entering the Sydney CBD – from about 120 an hour today to up to 200 services beyond 2024. That’s an increase of up to 60 per cent capacity across the network to meet demand.

Sydney Metro has two core components:

Stage 1: Sydney Metro Northwest –

Formerly the 36 kilometres North West Rail Link. This $8.3 billion project is now under construction and will open in the first half of 2019 with a metro train every four minutes in the peak. Tunnelling has finished and construction is progressing rapidly.

Stage 2: Sydney Metro City & Southwest –

A new 30-kilometre metro line extending metro rail from the end of Sydney Metro Northwest at Chatswood under Sydney Harbour, through new CBD stations and south west to Bankstown. It is due to open in 2024 with the capacity to run a metro train every two minutes each way through the centre of Sydney.

For more information on the EIS, please visit the Chatswood to Sydenham page

News

  • NSW Budget: $12 billion for metro rail revolution

    7 days ago
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    The NSW Budget will commit $6.2 billion towards the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project and $5.8 billion for Sydney Metro Northwest over the next four years – fully funding Australia’s biggest public transport project.

    Premier Mike Baird, Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance made the announcement as the tunnels for Sydney Metro Northwest were handed over within budget and 10 months early – ready for railway tracks to be installed and the new metro stations built.

    “Today is another red-letter day for public transport in Sydney,” Mr Baird said.

    Ms Berejiklian said the 2016-17... Continue reading

    The NSW Budget will commit $6.2 billion towards the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project and $5.8 billion for Sydney Metro Northwest over the next four years – fully funding Australia’s biggest public transport project.

    Premier Mike Baird, Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance made the announcement as the tunnels for Sydney Metro Northwest were handed over within budget and 10 months early – ready for railway tracks to be installed and the new metro stations built.

    “Today is another red-letter day for public transport in Sydney,” Mr Baird said.

    Ms Berejiklian said the 2016-17 NSW Budget will "continue the Government’s record commitments to public transport with not only $1.32 billion to continue work on the Metro Northwest, but also $1.39 billion to continue the Metro under the Harbour, through the CBD and on to Bankstown.”

    Mr Constance congratulated the almost 400 tunnellers and 4600 workers who’ve delivered this new section of new world-class railway ahead of schedule.

    “Every day there’s major leaps forward with Sydney Metro and the exciting part is we’re only just getting started.”

    2016-17 funding for Sydney Metro Northwest includes laying tracks and building eight new metro stations, procurement of Sydney’s new fully-automated metro trains and ongoing construction of the 4km skytrain.

    2016-17 funding for Sydney Metro City & Southwest includes the tender process for twin tunnels from Chatswood to Sydenham and early construction work in 2017, including building demolitions and planning and design work.

    Construction crews have started laying the tracks for Sydney Metro Northwest, which is scheduled to open in the first half of 2019. The first tunnel boring machine for Sydney Metro City & Southwest will be in the ground before the end of 2018, with services expected to start in 2024.

  • First EIS information session this Saturday

    about 1 month ago

    It’s time to have your say as part of the planning process at our Chatswood community information session. Come and meet experts from the Sydney Metro team who will be there to answer your questions. It’s at the Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor Street in Chatswood this Saturday 21 May between 10am and 2pm.

    The new twin railway tunnels for Stage 2 of Sydney Metro will run 15.5km from Chatswood to Sydenham, including through a new underground station at Crows Nest.

    The Chatswood to Sydenham Environmental Impact Statement is on public display until Monday 27 June 2016. Anyone may make... Continue reading

    It’s time to have your say as part of the planning process at our Chatswood community information session. Come and meet experts from the Sydney Metro team who will be there to answer your questions. It’s at the Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor Street in Chatswood this Saturday 21 May between 10am and 2pm.

    The new twin railway tunnels for Stage 2 of Sydney Metro will run 15.5km from Chatswood to Sydenham, including through a new underground station at Crows Nest.

    The Chatswood to Sydenham Environmental Impact Statement is on public display until Monday 27 June 2016. Anyone may make a submission and these submissions will be considered by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment in its assessment of the Project.


  • Sydney Metro City & Southwest Another Step Closer

    about 1 month ago
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    Major construction will begin on Sydney’s newest metro rail project next year, with commuters today getting the first look at the new CBD stations.

    NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced the planning approval process starts today on Sydney Metro City & Southwest – the second stage of Sydney’s new congestion-busting rail line.

    With a capacity to move more people in the busiest hour of the peak than the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel combined, this metro will change how people get around our city forever.

    As metro construction... Continue reading


    Major construction will begin on Sydney’s newest metro rail project next year, with commuters today getting the first look at the new CBD stations.

    NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced the planning approval process starts today on Sydney Metro City & Southwest – the second stage of Sydney’s new congestion-busting rail line.

    With a capacity to move more people in the busiest hour of the peak than the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel combined, this metro will change how people get around our city forever.

    As metro construction in the north west takes shape before our eyes, we’re now cracking on with the next stage of tunnelling under Sydney Harbour and the CBD.

    The public can now have their say on brand new metro stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street, Central and Waterloo as part of the first Environmental Impact Statement for the Chatswood to Sydenham section of the project, which closes on June 27.

    The EIS reveals:

    • The project will result in around 30 million fewer car trips annually in 2036
    • A metro trip from Chatswood to Central will take just 15 minutes – 11 minutes faster than the existing suburban railway system
    • New twin railway tunnels will be built, stretching 15.5km from Chatswood to Sydenham and more than 40m below the surface of Sydney Harbour
    • A specialised tunnel boring machine combining two types of tunnelling technology will be required to deal with the unique ground conditions under Sydney Harbour
    • The project is expected to support more than 6,200 jobs at the peak of construction in 2017-18.

    The metro extension under the Harbour into the city will take pressure off the congested Wynyard and Town Hall stations.

    Martin Place will become a major interchange, where passengers can switch between lines to travel on different parts of the network. It will transform the way people get around the city and connect to other parts of Sydney.

    Major construction will begin next year with the first tunnel boring machine to be in the ground before the end of 2018.

    Ultimately Sydney Metro, together with signalling and other rail upgrades across the existing network, will increase capacity of train services into the CBD from about 120 per hour today, to up to 200 services beyond 2024. That’s an increase of up to 60 per cent capacity across the network to meet demand for a growing city.

    This Environmental Impact Statement specifically addresses the Chatswood to Sydenham section of Sydney Metro, which includes new metro stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross in North Sydney, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street, Central and Waterloo. The planning approvals process for the upgrade of the existing railway line to Bankstown will start later this year.

  • What’s in the Environmental Impact Statement

    about 1 month ago
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    The Project must be assessed and approved under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) before major construction can start.

    The Chatswood to Sydenham Environmental Impact Statement is on public exhibition until Monday 27 June 2016. The Sydenham to Bankstown component of the Project will be subject to a separate environmental assessment process.

    Anyone may make a submission and these submissions will be considered by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment in its assessment of the Project.

    What’s in the Environmental Impact Statement?

    The Environmental Impact Statement assesses environmental issues including:

    · traffic and transport

    · noise... Continue reading

    The Project must be assessed and approved under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) before major construction can start.

    The Chatswood to Sydenham Environmental Impact Statement is on public exhibition until Monday 27 June 2016. The Sydenham to Bankstown component of the Project will be subject to a separate environmental assessment process.

    Anyone may make a submission and these submissions will be considered by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment in its assessment of the Project.

    What’s in the Environmental Impact Statement?

    The Environmental Impact Statement assesses environmental issues including:

    · traffic and transport

    · noise and vibration

    · land use and property

    · business impacts

    · non-Aboriginal heritage

    · Aboriginal heritage

    · landscape character and visual amenity

    · groundwater and geology

    · soils, contamination and water quality

    · social impacts and community infrastructure

    · biodiversity

    · flooding and hydrology

    · air quality

    · hazard and risk

    · waste management

    · sustainability

    · cumulative impacts.

    Strategies to avoid, mitigate and manage potential impacts have also been identified and developed.

  • How to make a submission

    about 1 month ago
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    Any person wishing to make a submission should use the online form if possible.

    Your submission must reach the Department of Planning & Environment by close of business on Monday 27 June 2016. Before making your submission, please read the Privacy Statement or for a copy, telephone 1300 305 695. The Department of Planning & Environment will publish your submission in accordance with the Privacy Statement.

    If you cannot lodge online, you can write to the address below. If you want The Department of Planning & Environment to delete your personal information before... Continue reading

    Any person wishing to make a submission should use the online form if possible.

    Your submission must reach the Department of Planning & Environment by close of business on Monday 27 June 2016. Before making your submission, please read the Privacy Statement or for a copy, telephone 1300 305 695. The Department of Planning & Environment will publish your submission in accordance with the Privacy Statement.

    If you cannot lodge online, you can write to the address below. If you want The Department of Planning & Environment to delete your personal information before publication, please make this clear at the top of your letter. You need to include:

    1. Your name and address (at the top of the letter only);
    2. The name of the application and the application number (SSI5 7400);
    3. A statement on whether you support or object to the proposal;
    4. The reasons why you support or object to the proposal;
    5. A declaration of any reportable political donations made in the previous two years. To find out what is reportable, and for a disclosure form click here or phone 1300 305 695 for a copy.


    Address: Department of Planning and Environment GPO Box 39, SYDNEY, NSW 2001.

    Your submission should be marked Attention: Director, Transport Assessments.

  • Community Information Sessions

    about 1 month ago
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    The Project team has organised a series of community information sessions where displays and information about the Environmental Impact Statement will be available.

    You are invited to attend these sessions and meet expert members of the Project team who will be there to answer any questions you may have.

    There is no need to make a booking.

    Date, Time & Location

    Saturday 21 May 10 am–2 pm

    • Dougherty Community Centre: 7 Victor Street, Chatswood

    Wednesday 25 May 4–8 pm

    • Masonic Centre: 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney

    Saturday 28 May 10 am–2 pm

    • McMahons Point Community Centre: 165 Blues Point Road, McMahons... Continue reading

    The Project team has organised a series of community information sessions where displays and information about the Environmental Impact Statement will be available.

    You are invited to attend these sessions and meet expert members of the Project team who will be there to answer any questions you may have.

    There is no need to make a booking.

    Date, Time & Location

    Saturday 21 May 10 am–2 pm

    • Dougherty Community Centre: 7 Victor Street, Chatswood

    Wednesday 25 May 4–8 pm

    • Masonic Centre: 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney

    Saturday 28 May 10 am–2 pm

    • McMahons Point Community Centre: 165 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point

    Wednesday 1 June 4–8 pm

    • Northside Conference Centre: Oxley Street & Pole Lane, St Leonards

    Saturday 4 June 10 am–2 pm

    • Redfern Oval: 51 Redfern Street, Redfern

    Thursday 16 June 4–8 pm

    • Concordia Club: 1 Richardson Crescent, Tempe


    Information stalls

    The Project team will also have a stall at the following community markets:

    Date, Time & Location

    Saturday 28 May 8 am–12 pm

    • Kirribilli Markets: Kirribilli Bowling Green, Kirribilli

    Saturday 18 June 9 am–1 pm

    • Crows Nest Markets: Ernest Place, Crows Nest
  • All systems go on Sydney Metro

    2 months ago
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    The tender process has started to build the new twin Sydney Metro tunnels under Sydney Harbour and through the CBD for Stage 2 of Sydney Metro – Australia’s biggest public transport project.

    NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance made the announcement at an industry briefing in Chatswood, attended by more than 450 people from 250 Australian and international companies.

    “It’s full steam ahead on Sydney Metro. We’ve now taken the next step and opened expressions of interest for tunnelling, asking industry to partner with us in delivering this city-shaping project,” Mr Constance said.

    “The first of five tunnel... Continue reading

    The tender process has started to build the new twin Sydney Metro tunnels under Sydney Harbour and through the CBD for Stage 2 of Sydney Metro – Australia’s biggest public transport project.

    NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance made the announcement at an industry briefing in Chatswood, attended by more than 450 people from 250 Australian and international companies.

    “It’s full steam ahead on Sydney Metro. We’ve now taken the next step and opened expressions of interest for tunnelling, asking industry to partner with us in delivering this city-shaping project,” Mr Constance said.

    “The first of five tunnel boring machines will be in the ground before the end of 2018 to deliver new twin railway tunnels from Chatswood to Sydenham, as we get on with the job of opening Sydney Metro City & Southwest by 2024.

    “We finished tunnelling on Sydney Metro Northwest in January this year, with services on track to start in the first half of 2019 with a new metro train every four minutes in the peak.”

    Sydney Metro City & Southwest will extend metro rail from Sydney’s booming North West, beneath Sydney Harbour, through new underground CBD stations, and beyond to Bankstown."

    Following an intense process of engagement and consultation with industry over the past six months, major procurement for Stage 2 of Sydney Metro is now moving forward with the tunnel and station excavation works.

    “Sydney Metro isn’t just a city-shaping project – this is a fully-funded state-building and nation-building infrastructure project being delivered right now,” Mr Constance said.

    “As we embark on the formal procurement process for Sydney Metro City & Southwest, this is a further opportunity for industry to work with the government in delivering a truly world-class piece of infrastructure.”

    The tunnelling contract is expected to be awarded mid next year.
  • Industry briefing registration April 2016

    3 months ago

    Sydney Metro is Australia’s largest public transport project. It will transform Sydney, delivering more trains and faster services for customers across the network.

    An industry briefing will be held to update industry on the NSW Government’s plans to deliver new generation rail services, from Chatswood under Sydney Harbour, through the CBD and on to Bankstown.

    The briefing will provide industry with information on:

    • recently announced updates to the scope of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project
    • feedback from the second stage of industry engagement
    • details of the NSW Government’s Project Delivery Strategy, and
    • timing of next steps, including the upcoming procurement processes.

    The briefing will be open to representatives of entities with an interest in delivering Sydney Metro City & Southwest, the next stage of Sydney Metro. Senior representatives from the NSW Government will also be in attendance.

    Due to the expected high level of interest in the Sydney Metro project, attendees are limited to a maximum of two (2) representatives for your organisation.


    Registrations have now closed. Please email industry.sydneymetro@transport.nsw.gov.au to be added to the wait list.


    Sydney Metro is Australia’s largest public transport project. It will transform Sydney, delivering more trains and faster services for customers across the network.

    An industry briefing will be held to update industry on the NSW Government’s plans to deliver new generation rail services, from Chatswood under Sydney Harbour, through the CBD and on to Bankstown.

    The briefing will provide industry with information on:

    • recently announced updates to the scope of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project
    • feedback from the second stage of industry engagement
    • details of the NSW Government’s Project Delivery Strategy, and
    • timing of next steps, including the upcoming procurement processes.

    The briefing will be open to representatives of entities with an interest in delivering Sydney Metro City & Southwest, the next stage of Sydney Metro. Senior representatives from the NSW Government will also be in attendance.

    Due to the expected high level of interest in the Sydney Metro project, attendees are limited to a maximum of two (2) representatives for your organisation.


    Registrations have now closed. Please email industry.sydneymetro@transport.nsw.gov.au to be added to the wait list.


  • Location locked in for Waterloo Metro Station

    5 months ago

    The NSW Government today announced the location of the new station at Waterloo – the 31st station on Sydney Metro.

    The station will be built underground between Botany Road and Cope Street, south of Raglan Street, with discussions now underway with affected landowners and tenants.

    The station at Waterloo is a key part of realising the area’s enormous potential and will make this rapidly growing part of Sydney more accessible and take pressure off Redfern and Green Square Stations.

    The Environmental Impact Statement for the project will be released later this year, which will give the... Continue reading

    The NSW Government today announced the location of the new station at Waterloo – the 31st station on Sydney Metro.

    The station will be built underground between Botany Road and Cope Street, south of Raglan Street, with discussions now underway with affected landowners and tenants.

    The station at Waterloo is a key part of realising the area’s enormous potential and will make this rapidly growing part of Sydney more accessible and take pressure off Redfern and Green Square Stations.

    The Environmental Impact Statement for the project will be released later this year, which will give the community the chance to have their say on the project.