Metro train completes first journey from Tallawong to Sydenham
A metro train has completed the first continuous trip between Tallawong and Sydenham ahead of Sydney Metro City & Southwest opening next year.
The 51.5-kilometre test run took four hours, with the train reaching the maximum speed of 100km/h in sections of tunnel between Epping and Sydenham.
This journey was the result of six months of planning, with the train performing well and the inaugural journey confirmed a success.
Testing the full length of the new alignment is a major step forward in the rigorous testing and commissioning program that began in April 2023.
The first end-to-end journey launches the “integration mode testing” phase, which confirms trains can seamlessly transition beyond the Metro North West Line at Chatswood onto the new 15.5-kilometre twin metro tunnels to Sydenham.
Multiple trains are now entering the new line and undergoing testing at any one time, with four trains expected to be testing in the same tunnel by the end of the year.
When metro services start through the city next year, commuters will be able to travel from Tallawong to Sydenham in 59 minutes, and will have a fast and reliable metro connection every four minutes in the peak.
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