Project overview

About Sydney Metro West

In November 2016, the NSW Government announced the Sydney Metro West project – the city’s next underground metro railway.

Connecting the Parramatta and Sydney central business districts, this once-in-a-century infrastructure investment will transform Sydney for generations to come; doubling rail capacity between these two areas, linking new communities to rail services and unlocking housing supply and employment growth between the two CBDs.

Servicing key precincts

Sydney Metro West will service the key precincts of Greater Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, The Bays Precinct and the Sydney CBD. Following extensive community and industry consultation in 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Sydney Metro West scope of works has been expanded and refined. It now includes:

  • a new underground metro station at Westmead, to support the growing residential area as well as the health, research and education precinct
  • a new metro station under an existing suburban station on the T1 Northern Line east of Sydney Olympic Park – allowing faster connections for customers from the Central Coast and Sydney’s north to Parramatta and Sydney through a quick and easy interchange between suburban and metro services
  • further consultation on new intermediate metro stations between Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park and between Olympic Park and the Sydney CBD
  • at least one Sydney Metro West station under the Sydney CBD, delivering an easy interchange between suburban rail, new light rail and the new metro stations currently under construction.

It is also proposed that Sydney Metro West will have an underground interchange with an existing suburban station on the T1 Western Line either at Parramatta or Westmead, allowing a fast and easy interchange to metro rail services for customers heading to and from the outer west and Blue Mountains.

The NSW Government will also safeguard the ability to extend Sydney Metro to the south-east of the Sydney CBD via Zetland, serving the Green Square town centre, as well as towards the west beyond Westmead – where one option would be to the new Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

Sydney Metro West study area

Sydney Metro West Map - May 2018

The need for new rail

More mass transit services are needed between Parramatta and the Sydney CBD because:

  • an extra 420,000 people are expected to move into the corridor between Greater Parramatta and central Sydney over the next 20 years
  • more than 300,000 new jobs will be created by 2036 in the corridor between Greater Parramatta and central Sydney at places like the Parramatta CBD, Sydney Olympic Park and the Bays Precinct
  • the T1 Western Line needs relief because it will be severely overcrowded by the early 2030s.

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