Sydneysiders have received their first look at the city’s new metro trains, which are heavy on modern features but light on seats for commuters.
With Sydney Metro services starting in the first half of next year, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance today inspected the state-of-the-art train at Sydney Metro HQ at Rouse Hill.
“With 94 per cent of tracks already laid, Metro rail services will start in the North West region in the first half of next year. Customers will have a train every four minutes in the peak in each direction between Rouse Hill and Chatswood,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“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 66km of new metro rail with the ability for a train every two minutes in each direction under the Sydney CBD.”
Each of Sydney’s new driverless metro trains will have air-conditioning, full accessibility with level access between the train and platform, and two multi-purpose areas per train for prams, luggage and bicycles.
The new design will also feature wheelchair spaces, separate priority seating and emergency intercoms, and real time travel information which includes live electronic route maps.
At the Sydney Metro Trains Facility at Rouse Hill, train testing 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 train testing will progressively expand to the skytrain and the new twin 15km tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping.
Each 132 metre train weighs about 240 tonnes and is made from stainless steel and carbon steel.
Once up and running, the Sydney Metro will be Australia’s first fully-automated railway, moving than 40,000 people an hour in each direction.