$12 Billion Sydney Metro Approved to Travel under Harbour.

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The Sydney Metro Stage 2 has been given the go-ahead.

Australia's largest public transport project is one step closer to a reality with Stage 2 of the 66km Sydney Metro given the go-ahead. The Sydney Metro, worth $12 billion has been approved to travel under the Sydney Harbour and the Sydney CBD.

Major construction for Stage 2 will kick off this year and will build twin tunnels that begin at Chatswood and travel into Sydenham and Bankstown. Construction sites will now be set up in the Sydney CBD with the first tunnel boring machine to be in the ground carving out the new tunnels by 2018.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance welcomed the news and commented that the scale of the project will compete with any megaproject across the globe.

This is an unprecedented boost to rail capacity for our great city.” Mr Constance said.

Transport for NSW has been carrying out test drilling to construct the new Barangaroo station which will service Sydney's booming business hub.

Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes said the green light for the Sydney Metro stage 2 has ensured that the city is ready for the future.

This project has been approved subject to some of the highest sustainability provisions in the world.” Mr Stokes said.

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Stage 2 planning approval includes:

  • Constructing 16.5km of metro rail between Chatswood and Sydenham. This includes 15.5km of new twin railway tunnels under Sydney Harbour and the Sydney CBD.
  • Seven new metro railway stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross (North Sydney), Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt St, Central (new underground platforms) and Waterloo.

Stage 1, an $8 billion link starting at the Hills District to Chatswood is already under construction. However, Stage 3 from Sydenham to Sydney's south west, which will replace the current Bankstown rail line is still yet to be given the green light.

Sydney Metro Stage 1 will open to the public in 2019 with Stage 2 estimated to open in 2024. Once all three stages are completed, the Sydney Metro will be able to service a new metro train every two minutes in each direction under Sydney's CBD through 31 new metro stops from Rouse Hill to Bankstown.

The Sydney Metro is Australia's biggest public transport project ever and here at iSeekplant, we're stoked to see Sydney get a metro.

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Sources: Department of Premier and Cabinet, Transport for NSW, News Limited.

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