THE NSW Government this week said a new transport era has started in Sydney with the new Sydney Metro statutory authority coming into effect to deliver the city's world-class metro system.
Sydney Metro opens in the first half of next year, with the $8.3 billion, 36-kilometre Sydney Metro Northwest (formerly the North West Rail Link) between Rouse Hill and Chatswood that 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.
When complete in 2024, Sydney will have 31 Sydney Metro stations and 66 kilometres of new metro rail, with a new metro train every four minutes in each direction in the peak.
Sydney Metro is headed by Acting Chief Executive Tom Gellibrand with a decision-making board setting the organisation's strategic direction chaired by Dr Kerry Schott AO.
The co-directors in this early phase of the new organisation are John Barraclough, Neil Bird and Erin Flaherty, with a recruitment process taking place over the next year to establish a full complement of board members.
Sydney Metro is an operating agency owned by the NSW Government and is part of the NSW Transport cluster, operating similar to Sydney Trains.
Sydney Metro is tasked with working across government to lead the delivery of a world-class metro rail system focused on customers and great local places, driving the state's economic growth well into the future as a result.