The NSW Government has announced that construction will soon begin on the Western Sydney Metro, following confirmation of the location of seven stations.

The locations of seven proposed Metro stations have been confirmed at Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Dock and the Bays Precinct.

NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said construction will begin in 2020 commencing at the Bays Precinct, to prepare the site for major tunnelling works.

“The Western Sydney Metro will fundamentally change how we get around our city for generations to come, connecting Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD with fast, safe and reliable metro rail,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We’ve successfully delivered the North West Metro Line early and $1 billion under budget, the next line from Chatswood to Sydenham and Bankstown is on track to open in 2024, and now the next Metro project is underway.”

The first works in the Bays Precinct will include site surveys, investigations and early works such as road relocation.

The NSW Government will also fast-track work to investigate the feasibility of building a Metro station in Pyrmont, while also assessing a potential station at Rydalmere. Further work is also underway to determine the location of the new Metro station in the Sydney CBD.

Over 100 properties along the Metro route will be affected, with the project team already informing affected property owners and tenants. While a commercial agreement will be the first step, compulsory acquisition will take place if necessary.

Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance, said the project team has been talking to communities along the alignment since 2016. Details of the exact station locations are now available on the Sydney Metro website.

“Western Sydney Metro will more than double the existing rail capacity between Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD and slash travel times between Parramatta and the Sydney CBD to around 20 minutes,” Mr Constance said.

“In addition to becoming the easiest and fastest way to travel between these two cities, the project is also anticipated to create approximately 10,000 direct and 70,000 indirect jobs,” Mr Constance said.

At Parramatta, the new Metro station will serve the commercial core of the Parramatta CBD to the north of the existing train station.

Sydney Olympic Park, which is visited by more than 10 million people each year, will also get a second railway station within walking distance of ANZ Stadium in the heart of the growing town centre, reinforcing its status as Australia’s premier events, sporting and entertainment precinct.

The NSW Government has also announced that it is kicking off a global search for suppliers capable of building more than 50km of new Metro railway tunnels connecting the two centres – the longest railway tunnels ever built in Australia, in what is expected to be the biggest tunnelling contract awarded in Australian history.

The community will have the opportunity to provide further feedback as part of the statutory planning assessment process, which will be administered by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Suppliers wishing to express their interest in the procurement of the tunnelling contract for Western Sydney Metro will be able to register their interest on the eTendering website from tomorrow.

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