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Sydney Metro West

Sydney Metro West is a new underground railway that will connect Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD.

This new NSW Government infrastructure project will see next generation trains integrated with the rest of Sydney’s public transport system. A once-in-a-century infrastructure investment, the project is set to transform Sydney for generations to come, doubling rail capacity between the two CBDs, linking new communities to rail services and supporting employment growth and housing supply.

  • The Sydney Metro West project will have a target travel time of about 20 minutes between Parramatta and Sydney CBD.
  • Metro West trains will be next generation, fully air-conditioned
  • Metro West stations will be fully accessible with lifts and level access between trains and platforms.
  • The locations of seven metro stations have been confirmed at Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Dock and The Bays. Further planning is underway to determine the location of the Sydney CBD station and Pyrmont station.
  • Metro West Sydney will use the Opal ticketing system with fares set by the NSW Government.

 

Latest News

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For latest Metro news visit sydneymetro.info/news 

June 2022 Construction Update

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Construction work in and around the future Parramatta, Westmead and Sydney Olympic Park metro station sites will be ongoing throughout June.

Some activities will generate noise, but this will be minimised as much as possible. Measures are in place to mitigate construction impacts, including noise and vibration monitoring and dust suppression.

Access to businesses will be maintained unless arrangements are made prior to the start of works.

June 2022 Construction Updates for Metro Stations
    • United Lane is temporarily closed while demolition work is underway in Macquarie Street.
    • Footpath closures in Horwood Place will continue while scaffolding and demolition work is underway.
    • Parking may be temporarily restricted in some locations.
    • Traffic controllers and signage will be used to direct pedestrians and traffic around work areas. For safety, please follow the pedestrian detour signs and the directions of traffic controllers.

    Work will include:

    • Stripping out the internal fit-out of properties
    • Installing scaffolding and hoarding and demolishing buildings
    • Removing materials from site, including hazardous waste
    • Archaeological and geotechnical investigations to assess ground conditions and collect samples
    • Surveying and site investigations, including topographical surveys
    • Utility investigations and underground electricity cable installation work
    • Delivering and removing machinery and equipment to and from site.

    More information and updates

  • Work will involve:

    • Surveying local roads and nearby streets to record their existing condition
    • Conducting geotechnical investigations to assess ground conditions and to monitor groundwater
    • Conducting utility investigations including potholing, removing redundant services and connecting temporary services such as power, gas and water
    • Preparing for site establishment including:
      • Clearing within the work site and installing fencing, hoarding and signage
      • Installing site amenities including sheds and portable toilet facilities
      • Installing environmental controls including sediment control fencing
      • Delivering machinery, equipment and materials to site
      • Removing waste materials.

    More information and update

  • Site establishment work will continue within the Sydney Olympic Park metro station site and surrounding streets throughout June.

    Main activities will include:

    • Tree removal within the verge for driveway construction at Herb Elliott Avenue and Figtree Drive
    • Construction of new driveways on Figtree Drive and Herb Elliott Avenue
    • Earthworks and construction of a piling platform and then start of piling work
    • Formwork, steel reinforcement and concrete pours
    • Start of site establishment work
    • Utility relocation work
    • Drilling of seven groundwater wells
      • each 150mm borehole for the wells will take around a day to drill and install and be between 8 and 31 metres deep with a metal lid on top to allow for future groundwater testing.

    Ongoing work includes:

    • Intermittent investigation of existing utilities along Figtree Drive and Herb Elliott Avenue
    • Electrical connection installation at Herb Elliott Avenue (north and south side of the road)
    • Utility treatments and relocations
    • Pavement construction within the site
    • Delivery of plant and equipment.

    More information and updates.

  • Clyde Stabling and Maintenance Facility

    A stabling and maintenance facility will be located in the Clyde and Rosehill industrial estate [James Ruse Drive, Western Motorway (the M4), Unwin Street and Shirley Street].

    Inside the facility, a traction substation will provide power to the metro line and a water treatment plant will recycle all wastewater from the tunnels, stations and underground facilities. The facility will also house offices, parking and storage.

    Street closures

    Deniehy Street, Tennyson Street and the northern part of Wentworth Street will be permanently closed from Tuesday 14 June as they will form part of the Clyde Stabling and Maintenance Facility site.

    Work at the Clyde stabling and maintenance facility site, and surrounding areas will be ongoing and will include:

    • Structural demolition and clearing
    • Surveying local roads and nearby streets to record their existing condition
    • Conducting geotechnical investigations to assess ground conditions and to monitor groundwater
    • Conducting utility investigations including potholing and removing redundant services on Wentworth, Kay, Unwin and Shirley streets and diverting sewer services at the corner of Shirley and Unwin streets
    • Excavating to prepare for guide walls

    Site establishment activities including:

    • installing fencing, hoarding and signage to prepare work areas
    • installing site amenities including sheds and portable toilet facilities
    • constructing site access at an existing site entry point on the north-west corner of Unwin Street
    • installing environmental controls including sediment control fencing.

    More information and updates.

Previous News Updates
  • Construction updates

    Construction work in and around the future Parramatta, Westmead and Sydney Olympic Park metro station sites has begun.

    Access to buildings and driveways will be maintained, traffic controllers will be in place, some parking maybe temporarily restricted in some locations. Environmental measures to mitigate construction impacts including noise and vibration and dust will also be undertaken.

    Standard construction hours are Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 6pm.

    During April and May:

    • United Lane in Parramatta will be closed for around six weeks to allow for the installation of scaffolding around 48 Macquarie Street to prepare for demolition works.
    • Footpaths around Horwood Place, between George and Macquarie streets Parramatta, will be closed from time to time, with pedestrian detours in place, to allow for awning removal, scaffolding and demolition work.
    • In Westmead, TfNSW will be undertaking enabling works at the existing Westmead Station to prepare for construction of Sydney Metro. This work primarily involves the relocation of existing services within the rail corridor.
    • In May, on-street parking in some sections of Alexandra Avenue Westmead will be removed.
    • Site preparation work continues within the Sydney Olympic Park metro station site and surrounding streets. The main activities include utility relocation work, and demolition of Sydney Metro-owned properties. Piling and excavation work has also started.

    For details on metro station construction please see:

  • Australia’s first autonomous tunnel boring machines (TBM) are coming to Western Sydney

    A new fleet of TBMs, including Australia’s first autonomous machines, will build 24-kilometre tunnels from the Sydney CBD to Parramatta with tunnelling from The Bays to Sydney Olympic Park scheduled to start at the end of this year.

    Autonomous machines will be used to build twin nine-kilometre rail tunnels between Sydney Olympic Park and Westmead. These two mega machines will utilise innovative artificial intelligence software, to automatically steer, operate and monitor a number of TBM functions.

    The two autonomous TBM’s are expected to be in the ground by the end of 2023 to deliver the metro rail tunnels from Sydney Olympic Park to Westmead.

    Each autonomous machine is 1,266 tonne, 165 metres long, and designed to excavate through sandstone and shale.

    They will tunnel an average of 200 metres per week with a team of 15 workers per shift.

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    $2.16 billion Sydney Metro West tunnelling contract awarded

    The Gamuda Australia and Laing O’Rourke Consortium has been awarded the contract to deliver nine kilometres of twin metro rail tunnels between Sydney Olympic Park and Westmead.

    This is the second major tunnelling package awarded on the city-shaping project.

    Work is underway to deliver twin tunnels between The Bays and Sydney Olympic Park following the contract awarded to Acciona Ferrovial Joint Venture last year.

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  • Geotechnical investigations

    Geotechnical investigations are being done along the length of the Sydney Metro West alignment.

    More than 50 bore holes are being drilled, ranging in depth from 10 metres to 100 metres, to inform the final design of the tunnels and stations.

    Data captured from each borehole includes the depth of each layer of soil and rock, the properties and strength of the soil and rock and the type of soil and rock in each location – for example, determining if its Ashfield Shale, Mittagong Formation or Hawkesbury Sandstone.

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    Metro West orders boring machines

    Two huge tunnel boring machines (TBM) have been ordered to build tunnels for the Sydney Metro West project. The first of six TBMs being used to build the 24 kilometre tunnels from the Sydney CBD to Parramatta.

    The two machines are part of the $1.96 billion Central Tunnelling Package awarded in July to the Acciona Ferrovial Joint Venture.

    Each TBM will tunnel an average of 200 metres per week and will be operated by a team of 15 workers per shift as they dig the 11 kilometre twin tunnels from The Bays to Sydney Olympic Park.

    The two borers are 1,266 tonne, 165 metre long double-shield, hard rock, gripper-type TBMs, designed to excavate through sandstone and shale.

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The planning process and approvals

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The NSW Government began work on Sydney Metro West in 2020.

The Sydney Metro West project has received two major planning approvals, paving the way for mega tunnel boring machines to be in the ground by the end of 2022.

Planning approval has been granted for the Sydney Metro West project concept between Westmead and the Sydney CBD and for major construction work between Westmead and The Bays. This approval means work can now begin to prepare for tunnels and station excavation between Westmead and The Bays.

The Environmental Impact Statement was on public exhibition between 30 April and 26 June 2020. Submissions (link is external) received from stakeholders and the community have been considered in the assessment of the project.

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Metro Stations
  • Strategically located to the north of the existing Parramatta Station, Parramatta Metro Station will be located on the block bounded by George, Macquarie, Church and Smith streets.

    One station entrance will be on Horwood Place and a second station entrance location is to be determined.

    Parramatta Metro Station will support Parramatta CBD as a major employment growth centre, boosting jobs and improving connections across Greater Sydney. It will provide easy, efficient and accessible interchange with buses and Parramatta Light Rail.

    The new metro station will integrate with the proposed Civic Link, a green, pedestrianised public space from Parramatta Square in the south to Parramatta River in the north.

    More information and updates

  • At Westmead, new metro platforms will be located next to the existing Westmead Station providing an easy above-ground interchange with the T1 Western Line and T5 Cumberland Line.

    The new station will also provide customers with easy access to Parramatta Light Rail, T-Way buses and other bus services.

    Westmead Metro Station will be located on the eastern side of Hawkesbury Road, south of the existing Westmead Station. As well as connecting customers to the Westmead health, education and employment hub, the new metro station will service residential areas experiencing growth and renewal in north and south Westmead. 

    More information and updates.

  • Sydney Olympic Park Metro Station will be located to the south of the existing Olympic Park Station. The station will provide easy interchange with the planned Parramatta Light Rail, the T7 Olympic Park Line and buses.

    A metro station at Sydney Olympic Park will reinforce its status as Australia’s premier events, sporting and entertainment precinct and provide further transport options for the 10 million people who visit or stay each year.

    The station will sit to the east of Olympic Boulevard with the main station entrances between Herb Elliot Avenue and Figtree Drive and off Dawn Fraser Avenue.

    More information and updates.

Planning for the project continues

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Future project approvals will consider major civil construction work including station excavation and tunnelling between The Bays and Sydney CBD including Pyrmont; and all stations, depots and rail systems between Westmead and the Sydney CBD Station.

The NSW Government will also plan for the areas surrounding the stations including place-making and any integrated station or precinct developments in some locations.

The community will be able to learn more and have their say at each stage of the planning process.

More information

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More details on the Sydney Metro West project.

The Sydney Metro West interactive portal provides area specific information to help you navigate the project in an easy to use and intuitive way. The portal includes information to support your understanding of the planning process and videos from our team of project experts.

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For project enquiries, or complaints about construction work, please get in touch by sending an enquiry.

Call 1800 612 173

Email sydneymetrowest@transport.nsw.gov.au

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