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Sydney Metro to be in action from 26 May
Lois Lee | 승인 2019.05.09 09:59

The Northwest Metro from Rouse Hill to Chatswood will be open to the public from Sunday 26 May, a week after the federal election. 

As one of Australia’s biggest public transport project, the $7 billion Metro Northwest line will be the city’s first privately operated suburban line.  

“This is an exciting time for the future of public transport. Thousands of commuters will have access to world class metro rail,” Ms Berejiklian said. “We have delivered the North West Metro on time and more than $1 billion under budget.

"I'm hoping in three weeks time when people get to use the service … they will be able to imagine what the future of Sydney will look like with the metro expanding to other parts of the system," Ms Berejiklian said. 

Once in full operation, trains will run every four minutes during peak hour, with a possibility to run up to every two minutes in the future. However, in the first six weeks, trains will run every five minutes due to a “ramp up period”.  

“The new generation of driverless trains have now completed more than 180,000 kilometres of testing and final commissioning is underway,” Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said. “Sydney Metro is Australia’s first fully accessible railway which will deliver fast, safe and reliable travel.

The Metro Northwest line will include 13 stations between Tallawong and Chatswood with further stations from Chatswood to Bankstown, which is scheduled to be opened in 2024. 

“The Metro line is currently being extended from Chatswood to Bankstown and by 2024 Sydney will have 31 metro stations and a 66 kilometre standalone metro railway,” Mr Constance said. 

“People are going to get out of their cars and get onto trains and that's what needs to happen in a global city such as Sydney,” Mr Constance said. "It is a game-changer for the city for centuries to come."

Lois Lee  edit@hanhodaily.com

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