Sydney Metro Northwest Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The A$8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest is the first stage of Sydney Metro, Australia’s biggest public transport infrastructure project.

The project, at 36km in length, is also the first stage of the new Sydney Metro and will be Australia’s first fully-automated railway network.

The A$3.7 billion Operations, Trains and Systems Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract – being delivered by the Northwest Rapid Transit consortium – is the largest of the three major contracts awarded byTransport for NSW to deliver Sydney Metro Northwest. The PPP is required to interface with the two other major contracts – a tunnels contract and a viaduct contract.

At the time, the PPP is the largest awarded in the history of the state of New South Wales.

Sydney Metro Northwest will revolutionise transportation in the North West region of Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, which also has the nation’s highest private car ownership – with many households having three or more vehicles.

The project includes eight new railway stations, five existing railway stations converted to metro standard and 4,000 new commuter car parking spaces.

Services will start in the first half of 2019 with a train every four minutes in the peak, or 15 an hour. 

With 98 per cent on-time running, Sydney Metro Northwest will be Australia’s first ‘turn up and go’ metro network and will deliver a level of customer service and safety never before seen in Australian public transport.

Work on the new greenfield section between Rouse Hill and Epping will include:

  • installation of 23 kilometre of new rail track, signalling and mechanical and electrical systems
  • eight new railway stations and 4,000 associated car parking spaces
  • platform screen doors running the full length of platforms
  • construction of the Sydney Metro Trains Facility to house and maintain the metro fleet, and
  • an Operations Control Centre, within this facility, to monitor the entire railway, ensuring safe and reliable running.

These works will be complemented by the upgrade and conversion of 13km of existing railway including five existing stations to bring them up to metro status. This will include computer based train control, full length platform screen doors, improved information displays and upgrades to fire and life safety systems.