Australia’s biggest public transport project is underway
18 September 2014 • Author(s): Gladys Berejiklian – Minister for Transport in the Government of New South Wales, Australia
Australia’s first fully-automated rapid transit rail system – the AU$8.3 billion North West Rail Link1 is a new direction for rail services – not just for Sydney, but for the entire country. Gladys Berejiklian – Minister for Transport in the Government of New South Wales, Australia, provides more details about how the project has taken shape, construction details to soon follow, and what the future will be like.
The first of four massive tunnel boring machines is now on-site as Australia’s biggest public transport project starts to quickly take shape. This world-scale project is delivering many other firsts: the longest passenger railway tunnels ever built in Australia and the first time four tunnel boring machines have been used on one Australian construction project at any one time – a significant feat on a global scale as well.
The North West Rail Link is also the first stage of Sydney Rapid Transit (SRT), the city’s new rapid transit rail network. For the 36km length of the North West Rail Link, the State Government of New South Wales will deliver eight new railway stations and 4,000 new commuter car parking spaces, as well as upgrading five existing stations to rapid transit status.