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.
Martin Place Station: located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD
Crows Nest Station: new metro rail access to the Crows Nest residential area
Barangaroo Station: servicing Sydney’s newest business hub
Central Station: fully connected with other modes of transport
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:
- Crows Nest
- Victoria Cross
- Martin Place
- Pitt Street
- Central Station (new underground platforms)
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.
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|Tunnel fit out|
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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:
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.