Sydney Metro Northwest (formerly North West Rail Link)

CitySydney, NSW
ClientTransport for NSW
Contract typePubic Private Partnership (PPP)
Total lengthInstallation of tracks with a length of 36 km
Special featureAustralia’s longest ever railway tunnels: 15-km twin tunnel from Bella Vista to Epping

The EUR 5.8 billion Sydney Metro Northwest (formerly North West Rail Link) is the biggest public transport project currently under construction in Australia. In 2014, the NSW Government awarded Northwest Rapid Transit consortium (NRT) the 15-year operations contract. At EUR 2.6 billion, the Operations, Trains and Systems (OTS) contract is the largest of the three delivery contracts for the North West Rail Link, Australia’s first fully automated rapid transit network.

When services start in the first half of 2019, NRT will deliver 15 trains an hour during the peak periods, a train every 4 minutes.

Current construction work on the new greenfield section between Rouse Hill and Epping will include:

  • Installation of tracks, signalling and mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Eight new railway stations. 
  • 4,000 commuter car parking spaces. 
  • Platform screen doors running the full length of platforms.
  • Construction of the Rapid Transit Rail Facility to house and maintain Sydney’s new rapid transit fleet. 
  • An Operations Control Center to monitor the entire railway, ensuring safe and reliable running.

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