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The Metro North West Line is a future metro rail line serving the north west suburbs in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The line is the first line of the Sydney Metro network and is coloured teal on maps and informational material. The line is in the final stages of testing. It is Australia's first metro line.

History

A railway line serving the car-dependant north west suburbs had been proposed for many years. The North West Rail Link was announced in the New South Wales Government's 1998 long-term transport plan Action for Transport 2010. Plans to construct the line were repeatedly announced but then cancelled. While most plans envisaged the line as a conventional railway using Sydney's standard double-deck trains, the line was eventually created as single-deck metro line. The project to construct the line, known as Sydney Metro Northwest, converted the Epping to Chatswood railway line to metro standards and extended it through the north west suburbs to Rouse Hill.

Sydney Metro Northwest is scheduled to open on 26 May 2019. Services will be branded as the Metro North West Line. Trains will run every five minutes during peak hours for first six weeks of operation, before expanding to run every four minutes. Until late 2019, a replacement bus service will run every night from around 9.30pm between Sunday to Wednesday to allow additional works to be completed.[1][2][3]

The eastern terminus of the line is at Chatswood. This means passengers travelling to the city are required to change to a T1 North Shore & Western Line or T9 Northern Line service to complete their journey. Sydney Metro City & Southwest is a project to construct a new tunnel to extend the metro line under Sydney Harbour, through the city and on to Sydenham. From there the metro will head west to Bankstown, taking over most of the Bankstown railway line. This extension is under construction and is due to open in 2024.

Hurstville branch

Early plans for the City & Southwest project envisaged a second phase of the southern sector conversion of existing railway lines. This would see two of the four Illawarra railway line tracks between Sydenham and Hurstville converted to rapid transit and added to the Sydney Metro network. This would increase rail capacity between Hurstville and the city by 10 trains per hour. Though a precise construction timeframe was not provided, the plan was for all work being completed by 2031. The Hurstville conversion would add eight stations and 9km to the metro network.[4] Developing plans for this extension proved difficult, and the Sydney Morning Herald reported in February 2016 that the project may have been dropped.[5] It was absent from the New South Wales Government's 2018 Greater Sydney Services and Infrastructure Plan which set out potential transport projects to be built through to 2056.

Stations

North West Line stations
Name Opened** Interchanges*
Tallawong May 2019 none
Rouse Hill May 2019
Kellyville May 2019
Bella Vista May 2019
Norwest May 2019
Hills Showground May 2019
Castle Hill May 2019
Cherrybrook May 2019
Epping May 2019
Macquarie University May 2019 none
Macquarie Park May 2019
North Ryde May 2019
Chatswood May 2019
City and Southwest extension
Crows Nest 2024 none
Victoria Cross 2024
Barangaroo 2024
Martin Place 2024
Pitt Street 2024 none
Central 2024
Waterloo 2024 none
Sydenham 2024
Marrickville 2024 none
Dulwich Hill 2024
Hurlstone Park 2024 none
Canterbury 2024
Campsie 2024
Belmore 2024
Lakemba 2024
Wiley Park 2024
Punchbowl 2024
Bankstown 2024

** As a metro station. * Most stations are served by connecting bus services. Some Sydney Trains stations may also be served by intercity trains at certain times.

Capacity

Stage 1 is due to operate with 6-car trains running on 4 minute headways. After the addition of the Stage 2 extension to Bankstown the system will require at least 59 six-car trains to run every four minutes during peak periods. However the stations’ platforms will be configured to allow for future use of 8-car trains and the signalling system designed to allow for 2 minute headways, both of which are planned to be introduced once sufficient patronage demands it. Eight-car trains have a design capacity of 1,539 passengers, and increasing the running frequency to ultimately 30 trains per hour (2 minute headway) would provide a maximum capacity of 46,170 passengers per hour per direction.[6]

Potential extension

During the 2019 New South Wales election campaign, the government announced it would commence planning of a western extension to the line from Bankstown to Liverpool.[7]

References

  1. Kontominas, Bellinda (5 May 2019). "'Game-changer': Sydney's new driverless train to open to the public on May 26". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-05/sydney-metro-driverless-trains-to-open-on-may-26/11081490. 
  2. "Sydney Metro to open in three weeks". Transport for NSW. 5 May 2019. https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/news-and-events/media-releases/sydney-metro-to-open-three-weeks. 
  3. "North West Night Bus". Transport for NSW. Archived from the original on 5 May 2019. https://web.archive.org/web/20190505052711/https://transportnsw.info/plan/north-west-night-bus. Retrieved 7 May 2019. 
  4. Transport for NSW (June 2012). Sydney's rail future: modernising Sydney's trains. http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/b2b/publications/sydneys-rail-future.pdf. 
  5. O'Sullivan, Matt; Saulwick, Jacob (3 February 2016). "Plan to extend Sydney metro line south hits growing list of hurdles". The Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/plan-to-extend-sydney-metro-line-south-hits-growing-list-of-hurdles-20160201-gmj9dz.html. 
  6. "SYDNEY METRO CITY & SOUTHWEST | BUSINESS CASE SUMMARY". Transport for NSW. http://www.sydneymetro.info/sites/default/files/Sydney%20Metro%20CSW%20Business%20Case%20Summary.pdf. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  7. "Expanding metro network to connect Sydney like never before". 14 March 2019. https://nsw.liberal.org.au/candidates/gladys-berejiklian/news/articles/EXPANDING-METRO-NETWORK-TO-CONNECT-SYDNEY.