The first section of the skytrain is complete at Cudgegong Road with the first of two massive horizontal gantry cranes now hard at work. Premier Mike Baird said: “This project has led to a jobs boom in Sydney’s north west with about 400 workers on site building the skytrain and about 900 others working to deliver Australia’s longest railway tunnels.”
The 36 kilometre Sydney Metro Northwest is on time and on budget, more than 60 per cent of tunnelling is complete, and the first section of the skytrain at Cudgegong Road has now been built. The skytrain will eventually stretch four kilometres between Bella Vista and Rouse Hill.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance said: “Sydney Metro will be a game changer for public transport and the team is setting a cracking pace. Two massive horizontal cranes are now in place at Kellyville and Cudgegong Road which together will build up to 70 metres of skytrain each week.”
The design of the skytrain will mean reduced interruption to traffic during construction, allowing 50,000 vehicles a day to continue using Windsor Road. The elevated line will also prevent communities being divided once the rail line is operating. Once the skytrain has been completed, work will begin on the elevated Metro stations at Kellyville and Rouse Hill, two of eight new stops on the line.
In April, the NSW Government announced Stage 2 of Sydney Metro will extend the line from Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour, through new underground stations in the CBD and southwest to Bankstown.