On 26 May, Sydney North Metro has been opened, offering Auastralia’s first driverless metro services, delivering frequent turn-up-and-go services from Tallawong Station at Rouse Hill to Chatswood Station. Just under 140,000 people used Sydney Metro on its first day of operations.
The 36-km line is served by served by 13 stations between Tallawong station to Chatswood, with 8 new metro stations and 5 upgraded stations, with 4,000 commuter car spaces. The line is operated by 15 trains an hour each direction. The new network will provide a level of service never before seen in Australia with a train every four minutes in the peak in each direction.
Alstom has been responsible for the project management, design, supply, manufacturing, testing and commissioning of 22 six-car Metropolis trains and Urbalis 400 CBTC signalling systems. The contract also includes a 15-year maintenance period for the trains, signalling, depot operations and equipment.
The trains include 3 double-doors per car for improved access and passenger flows, large windows and ambient LED lighting. They will also have the highest levels of customer safety including constant CCTV monitoring, emergency intercoms and the latest way-finding aids for customer information and real time travel information. The system, equipped with Alstom’s world leading computer-based train control system, Urbalis 400, minimises the time stopping at stations and the times between each service – ensuring a comfortable and reliable journey for all passengers.
Sydney Metro City & Southwest is the second stage of the metro system, extending the line from Chatswood to Bankstown via the City center. Tunneling works are well underway from Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour and through the Sydney CBD.
The extended line will open in 2024, when Sydney will have 31 metro stations and a new 66km standalone metro railway between Tallawong and Bankstown.