THE NSW Government has announced that consultation has begun on the city-shaping Sydney Metro West project, which will largely be built underground and provide a direct connection between the CBDs of Parramatta and Sydney.
In a statement last week, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance called for input from the community and industry on what the Metro West project should look like when it becomes operational in the second half of the 2020s.
"New metro rail will become the fastest, easiest and most reliable journey between the Sydney and Parramatta CBDs. Like the Sydney Harbour Bridge did a century ago, Sydney Metro West will shape this city for the next one hundred years and beyond," Mr Constance said.
Sydney Metro West will work with the existing century-old T1 Western Line, which is expected to be severely overcrowded by the early 2030s. Metro West will effectively double rail capacity from Parramatta to the CBD and provide new links to communities along the way.
The final number of stations and the alignment of the line will be finalised through community and industry consultation. Four key precincts to be serviced have been identified as:
- Parramatta, where the number of jobs is expected to double over the next 20 years to 100,000;
- Sydney Olympic Park, which will be home to 34,000 jobs and more than 23,000 residents by 2030;
- The Bays Precinct, Sydney's new innovation hub where 95 hectares of land is being regenerated; and
- The Sydney CBD, allowing easy access to the existing public transport network and Stages 1 and 2 of Sydney Metro.
The government is expected to make a request for proposals later this year, with a preferred alignment due to be announced in late 2018.
The NSW Government is currently delivering Stages 1 and 2 of Sydney Metro. The $8.3 billion, 36-kilometre Sydney Metro Northwest (formerly the North West Rail Link) between Rouse Hill and Chatswood is the first stage of Sydney Metro and will be the first fully-automated metro rail system in Australia. Construction of this stage is under way, with services expected to commence in the first half of 2019.
Sydney Metro City & Southwest is the second stage and involves a new 30-kilometre metro line that will extend metro rail from the end of Sydney Metro Northwest at Chatswood under Sydney Harbour, through new central business district stations and south west to Bankstown. Construction will begin this year and the line is due to open in 2024.