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Artist’s impression of Westmead metro station

Project overview

About Sydney Metro West

The Sydney Metro West project will support a growing city and deliver world-class metro services to more communities.

This new underground railway will connect Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD.

This once-in-a-century infrastructure investment will transform Sydney for generations to come, doubling rail capacity between the two CBDs, linking new communities to rail services and supporting employment growth and housing supply. The project is expected to create about 10,000 direct and 70,000 indirect jobs during construction.

Sydney Metro West is a new 24-kilometre metro line with stations confirmed at Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Dock, The Bays, Pyrmont and Hunter Street in the Sydney CBD.

Construction started on Sydney Metro West in 2020.

Sydney Metro West features

  • Faster, more frequent access to major employment and education centres like Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park.
  • A new metro station in the heart of the Sydney CBD commercial centre, connecting directly to Sydney’s established and growing employment precincts.
  • A new metro station at Westmead – one of Australia’s largest health and education precincts.
  • Delivering new rail services for the first time at Burwood North, Five Dock, The Bays and Pyrmont.
  • A new metro station at Sydney Olympic Park – Sydney’s sporting and entertainment super-precinct.
  • A new metro station at Pyrmont – delivering major benefits to the Pyrmont community and supporting plans to transform this harbourside suburb.
  • Integrated with the rest of Sydney’s public transport system.
  • Fully accessible with lifts and level access between trains and platforms.
  • Next generation fully air-conditioned metro trains.
  • All Sydney Metro infrastructure like the stations, trains and railway tracks are owned by the NSW Government.
  • Sydney Metro uses Opal ticketing and fares are set by the NSW Government.

Interactive project information

Sydney Metro is making project information as easy to access as possible. We want to connect with you so you can find out what you need to know and learn more about the project.

The Sydney Metro West interactive portal provides area-specific information to help you navigate the project in an easy-to-use and intuitive way. The portal includes information to support your understanding of the planning process and videos from our team of project experts.

The planning process

Formal project planning for Sydney Metro West started in 2019 and will continue through the early 2020s.

Work started on this city shaping project at The Bays in 2020, with tunnel boring machines (TBMs) set to be in the ground in 2022.

In March 2021, the project received its first major planning approval for the project concept between Westmead and the Sydney CBD and major construction work between Westmead and The Bays.

Sydney Metro is now seeking approval for further major civil construction work, including station excavation and tunnelling, between The Bays and Sydney CBD.

The Environmental Impact Statement for major civil construction between The Bays and Sydney CBD was on public exhibition from 3 November 2021 until 15 December 2021 and is currently with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for assessment.

Future planning approvals will consider stations, depots and rail systems between Westmead and the Sydney CBD.

Sydney Metro has also commenced planning for over and adjacent station development at Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park by lodging a Scoping Report for each site with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). The Parramatta State Significant Development (SSD) Scoping report and Sydney Olympic Park SSD Scoping report can be viewed on the DPIE website.

The community will be able to learn more and have their say at each stage of the planning process.

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