About Sydney Metro City & Southwest
Stage 2 of Sydney Metro will extend metro rail from Sydney’s booming North West region, beneath Sydney Harbour, through new underground central business district (CBD) stations and beyond to Bankstown.
The project includes seven new modern metro stations that will be fully accessible for people with a disability, prams and children, including level access between platforms and trains. The existing Bankstown Line will be upgraded and converted to metro standards, increasing services from eight an hour in the peak to 15 new metro trains every hour with real time information at metro stations and on board trains.
Services on Sydney Metro City & Southwest are expected to start in 2024.The first of five tunnel boring machines (TBMs) will be in the ground before the end of 2018 to deliver new 15.5km twin railway tunnels from the end of Sydney Metro Northwest at Chatswood to Sydenham.
Sydenham to Bankstown
Sydney Metro City & Southwest is fully segregated from the existing Sydney Trains railway tracks between Sydenham and Bankstown, improving the reliability of services. The T3 Line west beyond Bankstown would continue to be operated by Sydney Trains, serving stations between Cabramatta, Lidcombe and Bankstown.
Converting the T3 Bankstown Line will require a temporary suspension of rail services. The timing and duration of closedowns will be further developed during design of the project and will be detailed in the environmental impact statement.
More details will become available after industry input and during public consultation which is set to begin shortly.
Bankstown Line upgrade
This upgrade will address one of Sydney’s biggest rail bottlenecks, providing more frequent services and increasing accessibility and amenity at all 11 stations. The update includes:
- 13.5km upgrade and conversion of the T3 Bankstown Line to metro standards
- Almost twice as many trains per hour in the peak
- No need for a timetable – you’ll just turn up and go
- New and direct access to major CBD stations, including Martin Place, Pitt St, Barangaroo and North Sydney
- More job opportunities with faster, more frequent and direct access to key employment centres, including North
- Sydney, Chatswood, Macquarie Park and the north west
- Better access to education, with fast, more frequent and direct connections
- Increased train frequency in AM and PM peak services – a train at least every four minutes at each station
- All stations fully accessible, with lifts and level access between trains and platforms
- Improved interchange with bus, light rail, pedestrian and cycling networks, and provision of taxi, kiss and ride and bike parking facilities at key stations
- Fast, safe and reliable – a new generation of 21st century metro trains.
- These works are subject to a second Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in the future, following more planning and technical investigations.
The Bankstown bottleneck
The Bankstown Line causes one of the biggest bottlenecks on the current Sydney suburban railway because of how it merges with other lines close to the city. By removing the Bankstown Line from the suburban system, the trains currently operating on the T3 Bankstown Line could be allocated to other railway lines in the west and south west