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Testing on track as all 45 trains complete Tallawong to Sydenham return journey


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Metro services through the Sydney CBD are in sight, following a major testing milestone ahead of services starting on the Sydney Metro City & Southwest line later this year.

All 45 metro trains in the current fleet have now completed at least one return journey between Tallawong and Sydenham at operational speed. 

Each train stopped at every station during the 51-kilometre journey to confirm train and platform screen doors performed as designed. Passenger help points and information displays on the trains were also put through their paces.  

The performance of each train is being monitored closely to ensure the trains, signalling and station systems are working together and functioning seamlessly along the Metro North West Line and the new City section. 

Since the rigorous testing and commissioning program started in April 2023, more than 8,700 hours of a total of 11,000 hours of required testing has been completed.  

Preparations are now underway for the next major phase of testing – trial running, which is expected to begin in the coming months.  

Trial running is the last stage of testing before the launch of the new metro line, where network operator Metro Trains Sydney will run a series of timetable running and operational tests. 

When world-class metro services extend beyond Chatswood and into the city this year, passengers will benefit from direct, fast and reliable public transport services. 

As train testing ramps up, the Metro North West Line will be closed for a number of weekends in March 2024 with buses replacing metro services between Tallawong and Chatswood. 
Sydney Metro thanks passengers for their patience as we work to deliver fast and reliable metro services into the city.  

Passengers are encouraged to allow extra travel time and plan ahead by visiting or using trip planning apps.


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