The government of New South Wales has announced an initial AUS$3bn (£1.7bn) for the underground Sydney Western Metro following start of ground investigation for the scheme.
The funding will allow Sydney Metro to start designing new metro railway stations and precincts, as well as initiate the planning approvals process for a new underground metro railway between Sydney and Parramatta.
In total £15.7bn (AUS$28bn) will be invested to complete the final business case.
Ground investigations are already underway to determine to the best route.
Minister for transport and infrastructure Andrew Constance confirmed that Sydney Metro West will link the Sydney with Parramatta and Westmead via The Bays Precinct and Sydney Olympic Park, and that work was underway to determine other stations along the route.
“This massive investment in Sydney’s future will make it faster and easier to get around our great global city,” Constance said.
“This project will redefine how we get around Sydney and will double rail capacity between the two city centres, a true city-shaping infrastructure investment that will serve generations to come.
“We have already begun the work to determine the best underground route between the Sydney CBD and Greater Parramatta with a program of geotechnical drilling, which will continue.”
Subject to the final business case the New South Wales government intends to start construction on Sydney Metro West in the next term of government.
The first stage of Sydney Metro will be opening in the first half of 2019 with the Sydney Metro North West project. Construction is already underway to extend the Metro into the Sydney and beyond to Bankstown, to open in 2024 – when Sydney will have 31 metro stations and a new 66km metro railway system.
In April GE reported that the Sydney Metro Northwest rail project was on target to be delivered at least AUS$500M (£271M) under budget.