Sydney’s new driverless trains start passenger services
Four of 23 new trains for the City & Southwest Line have started passenger services on the Metro North West Line, providing more flexibility on the network ahead of metro services starting through the city in 2024.
20 of the 23 new trains have been delivered, with each train required to complete rigorous testing before commencing passenger services.
Testing includes checks of onboard systems such as passenger information displays, brakes, lighting and door operation.
Next, the train moves onto the track for the first time to complete a program of tests involving acceleration, braking, and operating at different speeds.
The testing and commissioning phase confirms each train meets stringent design and operational requirements and adheres to Sydney Metro’s strict safety standards.
The trains must also complete a minimum of 500 kilometres of travel prior to integration into passenger services.
The new driverless trains are expected to join the existing fleet of 22 North West Metro Line trains by mid-2023, with the new trains doubling the number of trains on the network.
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