Project overview

About Sydney Metro City & Southwest

Stage 2 of Sydney Metro will extend metro rail from Sydney’s booming North West region, beneath Sydney Harbour, through new underground central business district (CBD) stations and beyond to Bankstown.

The project includes seven new modern metro stations that will be fully accessible for people with a disability, prams and children, including level access between platforms and trains. The existing Bankstown Line between Bankstown and Sydenham will be upgraded and converted to metro standards, increasing services from eight an hour in the peak to 15 new metro trains every hour with real time information at metro stations and on board trains.

Services on Sydney Metro City & Southwest are expected to start in 2024.The first of five tunnel boring machines (TBMs) will be in the ground before the end of 2018 to deliver new 15.5km twin railway tunnels from the end of Sydney Metro Northwest at Chatswood to Sydenham.

Artist's impression  of Martin Place Station
Artist's impression  of Martin Place Station

Martin Place Station: located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD

Martin Place Station: located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD
Artist impression of Crows Nest Station
Artist impression of Crows Nest Station

Crows Nest Station: new metro rail access to the Crows Nest residential area

Crows Nest Station: new metro rail access to the Crows Nest residential area
Artist's impressions of Barangaroo Station
Artist's impressions of Barangaroo Station

Barangaroo Station: servicing Sydney’s newest business hub

Barangaroo Station: servicing Sydney’s newest business hub
Central Station artist's impression
Central Station artist's impression

Central Station: fully connected with other modes of transport

Central Station: fully connected with other modes of transport

Project features

The project includes the construction and operation of a new metro rail line from Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour through Sydney’s CBD to Sydenham and will deliver seven new metro stations, at:

The twin railway tunnels between Chatswood and Sydenham will be delivered using five tunnel boring machines, including a specialised TBM under Sydney Harbour due to the rock conditions at the bottom of the Harbour. The first TBM will be in the ground before the end of 2018.

Between Sydenham and Bankstown, the project will also upgrade and convert all 11 stations between Sydenham and Bankstown to metro standards.

Indicative timeline

Construction activitiesIndicative construction time frame
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022
2023
2024
Early works
Tunnel construction
Station excavation and structual works
Services facility excavation and structural works
Tunnel fit out
Station construction and fit out
Services facility construction and fit out
Testing and commissioning

Project planning and approval

Sydney Metro City & Southwest is subject to NSW state planning approval under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act). The project was declared to be Critical State Significant Infrastructure by ministerial order on 10 December 2015.

The project is not anticipated to include any controlled actions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and therefore has not been referred to the Australian Government Environment Minister for approval.

The Sydney Metro City & Southwest project was divided into two areas for planning approvals: 

Link to text version of planning and approval table

Environmental management

Sydney Metro has developed a Construction Environmental Management Framework (PDF3.75MB) for the City & Southwest project that sets out the minimum environmental management standards that would be implemented on the project. Other proposed mitigation measures to be implemented to manage the impacts on the environment are detailed Environmental Impact Statements.

Environment and planning

Chatswood to Sydenham