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