Wednesday, November 25, 2020

NSW Government confirms seven new Sydney train stations for Metro West project

NSW Government confirms seven new Sydney train stations for Metro West project

Seven stops planned for Sydney’s new Metro West train from the CBD to the western suburbs have been confirmed.

The underground train will include stops at Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Dock and the Bays Precinct.

The State Government is also considering further stops at Rydalmere and Pyrmont.

The government will acquire 93 business and 23 residential properties to build the project.

Building the line will involve tunnelling all the way to Westmead, but the Government is refusing to say how much the price tag will be.

“We don’t reveal the final cost because we want to have competitive tension in the contractors market,” Transport Minister Andrew Constance said.

“There is multiple contracts with this project and we want to maintain the competitive tension.”

The Transport Minister said the project would take pressure off the T1 Western Line which, along with the T9 Northern Line, was expected to reach capacity within the next decade.

He said the project would also create around 10,000 direct and 70,000 indirect jobs.

Initial work is expected to start next year and tunnel boring machines will enter the ground in 2022.

The Government said the new train line would be open to the public by 2030.

But environmental impact statements are yet to be completed, and money has not yet been allocated in the budget.

The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the line would “bust congestion” and said it would slash travel times between Parramatta and the Sydney CBD by 20 minutes.

“The western Sydney Metro will fundamentally change how we get around our city for generations to come,” Ms Berejiklian said.

The North West Metro, from Tallawong to Chatswood, opened earlier this year.

“If anybody has any doubts that this is going to happen look at the North West Metro,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Some properties are expected to be affected by construction of Metro West.

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