Sydney's new trains unveiled
Published 21 March 2018
Sydney's new metro trains have been unveiled, ahead of Sydney Metro Northwest services starting in the first half of next year.
The trains were on show at the state-of-the-art Sydney Metro headquarters at Rouse Hill this week.
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Each 132-metre train weighs about 240 tonnes and is made from stainless steel and carbon steel. The revolutionary new trains include:
- full air-conditioning;
- full accessibility with level access between the train and platform – no more step up into the train;
- two multi-purpose areas per train for prams, luggage and bicycles;
- wheelchair spaces, separate priority seating and emergency intercoms; and
- real-time travel information and live electronic route maps.
With 94 per cent of tracks already laid, rail services will start in the in the first half of next year, with a train every four minutes in the peak in each direction between Rouse Hill and Chatswood.
Train testing at the Rouse Hill facility has focused on systems like brake functions, passenger information displays, lighting and door operation, as well as acceleration, braking and operation at different speeds. The testing will progressively expand to the skytrain and the new twin 15-kilometre tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping.
Sydney Metro, Australia’s first fully-automated railway, will be able to move more than 40,000 people an hour in each direction. Currently, suburban Sydney rail lines can each reliably move about 23,000 people an hour.
Plenary is part of the Northwest Rapid Transit consortium contracted to deliver the operations, trains and systems part of the A$8.3 billion project.
Sydney Metro will then be extended under Sydney Harbour, into the Sydney CBD and beyond to Bankstown in 2024 – all up, 31 Sydney Metro stations and 66 kilometres of new metro rail with the ability for a train every two minutes in each direction under the Sydney CBD.
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