Approval has been granted for twin tunnels that will begin in Chatswood and connect commuters to the CBD, Sydenham and Bankstown.
The proposed tunnels that will deliver 16.5km of new metro rail between Chatswood and Sydenham, including 15.5km of new twin railway tunnels that will run underneath Sydney Harbour and the Sydney CBD, will complement the establishment of several new rail stations.
Currently there are seven new train stations planned, which will be located in Crows Nest, Victoria Cross (North Sydney), Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt St, Central (new underground platforms) and Waterloo.
It is expected that CBD sites will begin the preparation phase for construction this year, with 2018 earmarked as the year works start on carving the tunnels.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance welcomed the significant announcement.
“This is an unprecedented boost to rail capacity for our great city,” Mr Constance said.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the go-ahead for the project ensured Sydney is being prepared for the future.
“This project has been approved subject to some of the highest sustainability provisions in the world,” Mr Stokes said.
When finished, Sydney Metro will be able to run a new metro train every two minutes in each direction under the Sydney CBD and 31 metro stations from Rouse Hill to Bankstown.
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