Several milestones have been reached in the delivery of Sydney´s world-class metro railway, with almost 5km of railway tracks now laid.
Since construction began on the Sydney Metro at Rouse Hill more than 5,000 sleepers have been put in place, 13,000 tonnes of rock ballast have been laid and more than 2.5km of overhead wiring has been installed.
Work is also progressing on maintenance building at the Sydney Metro Train Facility at Rouse Hill, which will be the new headquarters for Sydney Metro operations when services start in the first half of 2019.
New South Wales Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, said, “Sydney Metro is taking shape before our eyes, with 5km of steel laying the foundation for our newest railway that will grow with our city.
“By the end of the project 19km of steel will be laid at the site, and 108km of railway steel will be used across the entire Sydney Metro Northwest project.
“Millions of trains will run down these tracks over 100 years, changing the face of Sydney and making trips easier and faster for commuters across the city.”
The Sydney Metro trains facility will house the operations centre for the new fully-automated standalone metro railway and is also where the new train fleet will be stabled and maintained.
Services are expected to begin in 2019 with 22 metro trains located on-site.
When Stage 2 of Sydney Metro is operational in 2024, including under Sydney Harbour and through the CBD, the Rouse Hill facility will also maintain the extra trains needed to service the entire 66km line to Bankstown.