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Target Sydney Metro City launch announced

08.07.2024

Sydney is set to experience fast, safe, reliable metro trains through the city next month, with the landmark Sydney Metro City project targeting an opening date of August 4. 

The launch is subject to the operator successfully completing trial running exercises, system performance tests and obtaining final regulatory approvals.   

The new section of the M1 Northwest & Bankstown Line opening in August includes 15.5-kilometres of metro rail extending the existing Metro North West line from Chatswood, below the harbour and under the Sydney CBD, then out to Sydenham.   

Sydney will soon experience new underground stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Gadigal and Waterloo, as well as new metro platforms at Central and Sydenham.  

Fast and reliable metro services will arrive at each station every four minutes in the peak. No need for a timetable, just turn up and go.  

A game-changing 2,645 new metro services will travel through the heart of the city each week, moving more than 37,000 people in the AM peak.  

This represents a 160 per cent patronage growth on Sydney Metro services in the AM peak when compared to the existing Tallawong to Chatswood section.  

More than 264,000 trips are expected to be taken on the line from Tallawong to Sydenham on a typical weekday.  

Final confirmation of the opening date will be given in coming weeks following the operator successfully completing more than 100 remaining trial running exercises including:    

  • Joint exercises with emergency services practicing station and train evacuation scenarios  
  • Further station exercises at Crows Nest, Waterloo and Gadigal  
  • Testing alternative train timetables for planned and unplanned service disruption  
  • Managing crowds during special events at each station  
  • Evacuation of the Operations Control Centre to the back-up control centre   

Information on services will be clearly signposted at stations and available at www.transportnsw.info prior to opening.    

Sydney’s new M1 Line includes:  

  • A train every four minutes in the peak, seven minutes in the interpeak (gradually increasing over the first few months to ultimately achieve a train every five minutes during interpeak on weekdays) and every 10 minutes during off peak and on the weekends.  
  • 445 services a day   
  • Six fully accessible new stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Gadigal and Waterloo, along with new platforms at Central and Sydenham.  
  • Seamless interchange with multiple transport modes at all stations, with direct interchange with Sydney Trains services at Martin Place, Central and Sydenham  
  • More than 900 bike storage spaces.  
  • Uninterrupted network mobile coverage.  
  • Each new station is equipped with platform screen door technology to keep people and objects safely away from tracks.  
  • Safe journeys monitored by a state-of-the-art control centre, with approx. 100 CCTV cameras at every station and 38 cameras inside each train.  

Once open, passengers will have fast metro travel times including from Victoria Cross in North Sydney, under the harbour to Barangaroo in 3 minutes, between Martin Place and Central in 4 minutes and from Sydenham to Chatswood in 22 minutes.  

The T3 Bankstown Line will close later this year for up to 12 months to complete the final metro conversion works and in 2025, Southwest Sydney will have turn-up-and-go metro services every four minutes in the peak directly into Sydney CBD.   

A comprehensive and integrated transport plan will be in place to keep people moving, including Southwest Link– dedicated, high-frequency bus services between Sydenham and Bankstown train stations.  

The closure of the T3 Bankstown Line will not occur until the new City section of the line provides a reliable service for commuters from Sydenham into the CBD.  

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