Construction of Metro West line to begin 2020, says NSW Premier

New railway stations will be created at Five Dock, North Burwood and North Strathfield as part of the promised Metro West rail line, which the Berejiklian government has committed to beginning next year if the Coalition wins the upcoming election.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Transport Minister Andrew Constance announced the Coalition would inject $6.4 billion into the transport infrastructure project, which is expected to reduce travel times between Parramatta and the Sydney CBD to 20 minutes, with trains running every two minutes.

“We’ve been working day and night to bring forward the day of start of construction, and what I’m really excited about is not only will construction start next year, we’re likely to have the tunnel boring machines in the ground in 2021,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Ms Berejilkian made the announcement at Westmead, one of the already-confirmed stops for the train line, which will also stop at Parramatta, Olympic Park, and the Bays Precinct.

Mr Constance said the new line needed to be built in light of the projection that the existing T1 Western Line would be at capacity in the next 15 years, and 450,000 moving into the new rail corridor in the next 20 years.

 “As with any project like this, of course there will be property acquisition where we locate the stations but we worked through that with Metro City and South West very constructively with communities and, in terms of this project in particular, we’ve got the advantage of having industrial estate particularly at Camellia, where we can look at stabling and operations,” Mr Constance said.

This will not be only building a stand-alone metro network, but rather a network which integrates to the entire transport network.

Posted in News on 4th March, 2019