THE under-construction Sydney Metro City & Southwest Line has been successfully connected with the existing North West Line, with testing scheduled to start later this year.
The northern connection was built over two years, including track laying and the installation of all railway systems in the 15.5km twin tunnels between Chatswood and Sydenham.
The 30km Sydney City & Southwest is effectively an extension of the 23km Metro Northwest Line, which opened in May 2019. It is scheduled to open in 2024 and as well as the new line in tunnels, will run use the existing 13km Sydney Trains T3 alignment from Sydenham to Bankstown, which will be upgraded for metro operation.
A testing and commissioning programme along the new alignment, which has six new stations, will start later this year, ahead of passenger services starting through Sydney’s central business district. Passengers will be able to travel from Tallawong in the north of Sydney to the city centre in under 50 minutes, from Castle Hill to Barangaroo in 33 minutes and from Chatswood to Martin Place in 11 minutes.
“This marks a major milestone in the delivery of Australia’s biggest public transport project with the final tracks now laid to connect these two metro lines,” says New South Wales premier, Mr Dominic Perrottet.
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