NSW Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance last week said the formal planning process has started for the next part of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project, with a State Significant Infrastructure Application Report lodged for the Sydenham to Bankstown section.
As part of the project, all 11 stations between Sydenham and Bankstown will be upgraded and converted to metro standards, which will be fully segregated from the existing Sydney Trains railway tracks and allow for more frequent services and improved accessibility and amenity.
"Right now, there's a train every eight minutes in the peak at major stations along the line, and just four trains an hour at the rest. With Metro, we'll be running a train every 4 minutes in the peak at all stations, with plenty of room to grow in the future," Mr Constance said.
Currently, about 36,000 people use the stations between Sydenham and Bankstown each weekday, with more than 4,000 of those changing trains to travel north of the Harbour Bridge.
Customers on the Bankstown line will have new and direct access to major CBD metro stations and beyond, including Martin Place, Pitt Street, Barangaroo, Victoria Cross in North Sydney, Chatswood and Macquarie Park.
"This metro upgrade means faster and direct access to places like North Sydney and Macquarie University for residents of Southwest Sydney," Mr Constance said.
Planning approval was received earlier this year for the Chatswood to Sydenham section of Sydney Metro, including the twin tunnels under Sydney Harbour. Construction starts this year, with the first of five tunnel boring machines in the ground by the end of next year.