Sydney Metro has received planning approval for the creation of a 3.5km twin tunnel spanning Sydney Harbour from Westmead to Hunter St in the city’s CBD.

Starting at The Bays, tunnel boring machines will cross under the harbour, alongside Anzac Bridge, before heading to the new Pyrmont Station, then under Darling Harbour before reaching Hunter Street Station in the Sydney CBD.

This is the final tunnel section for the new 24km metro line promising to double rail capacity between Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD.

Two major tunnelling contracts have already been awarded for tunnelling between Westmead and The Bays, with tunnel boring machines planned to be in the ground before the end of the year.

The last tunnelling contract for the final section of the tunnel between The Bays and Sydney CBD will be awarded by the end of the year.

Construction started on Sydney Metro West in 2020, with the project on track to be completed by 2030. 

NSW Minister for Transport, Veterans and Western Sydney, David Elliott, said his government was another step closer to delivering world-class transport infrastructure for the people of New South Wales.

“This is the final tunnel section for the new 24km metro line on this game changing project that will double rail capacity between Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD,” Mr Elliott said.

“Sydney Metro West will significantly cut crowding on three major train lines, take tens of thousands of cars off the roads every day and support the creation of 10,000 direct and 70,000 indirect jobs in western Sydney.”

Future planning approvals for Sydney Metro West will consider rail infrastructure, station buildings and precincts and over and adjacent station development at various locations. These will be subject to further community and stakeholder engagement.

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  1. Anton 2 years ago

    Is this new metro tunnel underground or on the road used by cars?

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