About Sydney Metro City & Southwest
Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest public transport project.
From the north west, metro rail is being extended under Sydney Harbour, through new underground city stations and beyond to the south west.
In 2024, Sydney will have 31 metro railway stations and a 66km standalone metro railway system, revolutionising the way Australia’s biggest city travels.
Covid-19 – important information about construction activity
In accordance with Public Health Orders and following the implementation of appropriate Covid-19 safety measures, work at Sydney Metro sites outside restricted Local Government Areas (LGAs) is recommencing from Saturday 31 July, 2021.
Authorised preparatory works started taking place at some sites from Thursday 29 July, 2021 to enable construction to recommence.
Construction at Sydney Metro sites within restricted LGAs remains on pause. These sites remain closed, with minimal staff onsite for permitted safety and security activities.
Chatswood to Sydenham
The Environmental Impact Statement for this project was on display in 2017 and around 560 submissions were received. The Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report for the Sydenham to Bankstown Metro Upgrade was on exhibition during July 2018.
Project approval was received on 10 January, 2017.
Using five tunnel boring machines, tunnelling finished in early 2020 on new 15.5-kilometre twin railway tunnels between the end of Sydney Metro Northwest at Chatswood and Sydenham.
New stations will be delivered at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street and Waterloo along with new underground platforms at Central Station.
Sydenham to Bankstown
Sydney Metro received planning approval on 19 December 2018 to upgrade the T3 Bankstown Line between Sydenham and Bankstown to metro standards. In 2024, customers will benefit from a new fully-air conditioned Sydney Metro train every four minutes in the peak in each direction with lifts, level platforms and platform screen doors for safety, accessibility and increased security.
For more information see the Bankstown Line Metro Conversion newsletter.
The Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report for the Sydenham to Bankstown Metro upgrade was on exhibition until 18 July 2018.
You can view a summary of the project in the Sydenham to Bankstown Preferred Infrastructure Report Overview.
The Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report for Sydenham to Bankstown metro upgrade and accompanying documents may be viewed on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website and sydneymetro.info/documents.
First track laid for Sydney Metro City & Southwest project
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
- An air-conditioned metro train every four minutes in the peak
- Fully accessible stations including lifts
- Improved CCTV surveillance, platform screen doors, platforms level with train floors, minimal gaps between platforms and trains
- New or upgraded concourses and new station entries
- Improved station interchange facilities
- All trains stopping at all local stations – no waiting for the right train
- Less time spent waiting due to higher frequency services
- Safe and efficient connections during the peak and non-peak periods between key centres along the T3 Bankstown Line
- Reduced travel times to key employment and education precincts
- New, direct and fast services to Martin Place, Barangaroo, North Sydney, Chatswood and Macquarie Park
- Interchanges to other rail services at Sydenham, Central and Martin Place.
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Room for 100,000 extra customers across Sydney
Sydney Metro, together with signalling and infrastructure upgrades across the existing network, will increase the capacity of train services across Sydney from about 120 an hour today, to up to 200 services an hour beyond 2024.
After the conversion, metro trains from Bankstown will run at least every four minutes in the peak, or 15 trains an hour.
The metro network will be fully segregated from the existing Sydney Trains network between Sydenham and Bankstown, improving the reliability of services on the line. Interchange between Sydney Metro and Sydney Trains at both locations will be provided, with improvements to station way-finding and signage.