Sydney Metro has marked a major milestone as its third mega tunnel boring machine (TBM) has successfully broken through a wall of rock at the new Crows Nest Station.
The project will link the North West Metro to the CBD and onto Bankstown.
TBM “Wendy” arrived at Crows Nest less than five months after being launched from Chatswood.
It will now spend several weeks undergoing maintenance before being re-launched at Crows Nest and tunnelling towards the next Sydney Metro station at Victoria Cross in North Sydney.
NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet, joined workers at Crows Nest to welcome the arrival of Wendy.
“TBM Wendy only started digging in January and has now arrived at Crows Nest after completing three kilometres of tunnelling,” Premier Berejiklian said.
“This is incredible progress on the next stage of Sydney Metro, which will take the recently opened North West Metro from Chatswood, under the Harbour, through the CBD and onto Bankstown.
“Once the next stage of this game changing project opens there will be turn-up-and-go Metro train services to 31 stations along a new 66km railway.”
Mr Perrottet said the NSW Government strong economic management has made mega infrastructure projects like Sydney Metro possible.
“A strong budget allows us to get on with the job and deliver our record infrastructure program, building a better future for everyone in NSW no matter where they live.
“Sydney’s North West is already seeing the benefits of a turn-up-and-go Metro service and now we are a step closer to taking the service to more NSW communities and families.”
So far four TBMs are in the ground tunnelling the 15.5km twin railway tunnels from Chatswood and Marrickville.