The entire deck of Sydney Metro’s four kilometre elevated skytrain is now in place high in the air between Bella Vista and Rouse Hill, with the last concrete segment lifted and fixed into position.
The skytrain sits an average of nine meters in the air alongside Windsor Road and Old Windsor Road, with new metro trains to run on it every four minutes in the peak.
As part of the skytrain construction process:
- 1,128 massive concrete segments were lifted an average of nine meters into the air to form the skytrain deck
- Each segment weighed between 56 tonnes and 147 tonnes
- 80,000 tonnes of concrete was used for the skytrain deck
- The segments were tensioned tight internally with about 1,400km of steel cables
Two white 600 tonne horizontal cranes did the heavy lifting, and they will now be dismantled.
The skytrain deck sits on 120 concrete piers, and more than 4,600 people have worked on the skytrain.
Work continues on the new 270m long railway bridge over Windsor Road at Rouse Hill at the end of the skytrain, which will take new metro services to the new Cudgegong Road station.
The bridge’s two towers are in place, 45m above Windsor Road, and 32 steel cables will soon be installed to support the bridge deck.