About Sydney Metro

Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest public transport project.

This new standalone railway will deliver 31 metro stations and more than 66 kilometres of new metro rail, revolutionising the way Australia’s biggest city travels.

Metro means a new generation of world-class fast, safe and reliable trains easily connecting customers to where they want to go. When services start in the first half of 2019, customers won’t need timetables – they’ll just turn up and go with a train every four minutes in the peak.

Technology will keep customers connected at all stages of their journey, from:

  • planning at home using smart phone travel apps
  • real time journey information at metro stations and on board trains
  • accessing information and other public transport to help get to their final destination after they leave the train.

This approach will help customers achieve their daily tasks, whether it’s getting to work, meetings, school or education, sport, a day out or running errands and of course, getting home.

Connecting Sydney

When Sydney Metro is extended into the central business district (CBD) and beyond in 2024, metro rail will run from Sydney’s booming North West region under Sydney Harbour, through new underground stations in the CBD and beyond to the south west.

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. 

What Sydney Metro means for you

Stage 1: Sydney Metro Northwest

Formerly the 36 kilometre North West Rail Link, this $8.3 billion project opens in the first half of 2019 with a metro train every four minutes in the peak. It includes eight new metro stations, five upgraded stations and 4,000 commuter car spaces

Stage 2: Sydney Metro City and Southwest

A 30 kilometre extension of 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 seven new metro stations and 11 upgraded stations.

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Tunnelling completed

Stage 1 Northwest

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Tunnelling tender starts

Stage 2 City & Southwest

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Start station construction

Stage 1 Northwest

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Environment Impact Statement

Stage 2 Chatswood to Sydenham

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Bankstown Line conversion planning

Stage 2 City & Southwest

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Award tunnelling contract

Stage 2 City & Southwest

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Arrival of first metro train
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First TBM in the ground

Stage 2 City & Southwest

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Upgrade and conversion

Epping to Chatswood railway

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Stage 1 Northwest open
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Stage 2 City & Southwest open

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