Project overview

About Sydney Metro City & Southwest

Stage 2 of Sydney Metro will extend metro rail from Sydney’s booming North West region, beneath Sydney Harbour, through new underground central business district (CBD) stations and beyond to Bankstown.

The project includes seven new modern metro stations that will be fully accessible for people with a disability, prams and children, including level access between platforms and trains. The existing Bankstown Line between Bankstown and Sydenham will be upgraded and converted to metro standards, increasing services from eight an hour in the peak to 15 new metro trains every hour with real time information at metro stations and on board trains.

Services on Sydney Metro City & Southwest are expected to start in 2024.The first of five tunnel boring machines (TBMs) will be in the ground before the end of 2018 to deliver new 15.5km twin railway tunnels from the end of Sydney Metro Northwest at Chatswood to Sydenham.

February 2016 update

Artist's impression  of Martin Place Station
Artist's impression  of Martin Place Station

Martin Place Station: located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD

Martin Place Station: located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD
Artist impression of Crows Nest Station
Artist impression of Crows Nest Station

Crows Nest Station: new metro rail access to the Crows Nest residential area

Crows Nest Station: new metro rail access to the Crows Nest residential area
Artist's impressions of Barangaroo Station
Artist's impressions of Barangaroo Station

Barangaroo Station: servicing Sydney’s newest business hub

Barangaroo Station: servicing Sydney’s newest business hub
Central Station artist's impression
Central Station artist's impression

Central Station: fully connected with other modes of transport

Central Station: fully connected with other modes of transport

Project features

The Chatswood to Sydenham component of the project includes the construction and operation of a new metro rail line from Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour through Sydney’s CBD to Sydenham.

The project will deliver seven new metro stations, at:

  • Crows Nest
  • Victoria Cross
  • Barangaroo
  • Martin Place
  • Pitt Street
  • Central Station (new underground platforms)
  • Waterloo.

The twin railway tunnels between Chatswood and Sydenham will be delivered using five tunnel boring machines, including a specialised TBM under Sydney Harbour due to the rock conditions at the bottom of the Harbour. The first TBM will be in the ground before the end of 2018.

Indicative timeline

Construction activitiesIndicative construction time frame
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022
2023
2024
Early works
Tunnel construction
Station excavation and structual works
Services facility excavation and structural works
Tunnel fit out
Station construction and fit out
Services facility construction and fit out
Testing and commissioning

Project planning and approval

The project is currently in the planning phase and the exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Chatswood to Sydenham section closed in late June, 2016.

The planning process will start this year for the Sydenham to Bankstown component of the project.

EIS planning stages 1-4

Link to text version of planning and approval table

 

More information

See the Chatswood to Sydenham Environmental Impact Statement Summary (PDF 20.2MB) for more information.

Environment and planning

Chatswood to Sydenham