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Tunnelling for Sydney Metro’s second phase to begin in 2018

The first tunnel boring machine (TBM) will be delivered to site before the end of 2018 for the second stage of the Sydney Metro project.

The Sydney Metro City and Southwest scheme will involve delivery of a new metro rail system which will run below Sydney Harbour and the central business district (CBD), including twin 15km rail tunnels from Chatswood to Sydenham.

The New South Wales Government has also revealed the locations of Sydney’s new metro railway stations (see box) and announced investigations will begin into potentially extending the metro from Bankstown to Liverpool.

Sydney Metro City and Southwest is scheduled to be operational from 2024.

Tunnelling works for stage one of Sydney Metro – the Northwest section – are expected to be complete in 2017, with passenger services due to start in 2019.

Sydney Metro details

The new stations to be confirmed include:

  • Crows Nest located on the western fringe of Crows Nest village.   
  • Victoria Cross located in the northern section of North Sydney’s CBD.
  • Barangaroo Station will combine Sydney’s metro rail system with the city’s new global business hub. It will be located at Barangaroo Central.
  • Martin Place will be integrated with the existing suburban station underground between Castlereagh and Elizabeth streets. It will include a subterranean rail interchange which means customers won’t need to go to the surface to change trains.
  • Pitt Street Station will be located below Pitt and Castlereagh streets, servicing the southern CBD and the George Street and Pitt Street retail precincts.
  • An underground station at Central will link to existing intercity and suburban rail services.

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