Syd­ney Metro

What is it: The tube! A sky­line! Un­der­wa­ter tun­nels! When will it open? 2024

Time Out (Sydney) - - FUTURE SYDNEY -

Get­ting around the Emer­ald City will look a whole lot dif­fer­ent in a decade. Firstly, we’ll have a sec­ond air­port in Badgerys Creek (due by 2026), the Light Rail will be trans­port­ing us along Ge­orge Street, up Devon­shire Street and down An­zac Pa­rade (by 2019), and from Strath­field to West­mead (by 2023). This means that by the time Beyoncé’s twins are school age we’ll have a fully op­er­a­tional 15-minute ex­press route be­tween Par­ra­matta and the CBD (mostly un­der­ground). Syd­ney Metro is a com­pli­cated beast that’s set to bring fast, re­li­able train ser­vices ev­ery four min­utes dur­ing peak times. They’re throw­ing out the need for timeta­bles, and chuck­ing in an ex­tra 31 sta­tions over 66 kilo­me­tres of rail. Ser­vices start as early as 2019 on the North West route, in­clud­ing an el­e­vated skytrain at Rouse Hill. Pas­sen­gers wait­ing for the un­der­wa­ter track from Chatswood to the city will have to wait till 2024, as will those want­ing to zip un­der­ground from Martin Place to Baranga­roo in two min­utes flat. The most con­tro­ver­sial plans in­clude sub­ur­ban plat­forms at Cen­tral Sta­tion (ex­pected to take three years to build), the pen­cilled-in sta­tions for the In­ner West (not enough/too many) and re­ports that the project is bil­lions of dol­lars over bud­get.

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