First driverless trains delivered to Sydney
On 19 March Alstom delivered the first metro trains for the Sydney Metro project. The vehicles are part of an order of 22 trains that will be used for Stage 1 of the project, also known as Sydney Metro Northwest.
Sydney is the first city in Australia to build a metro system and it will be fully automated.
Stage 1 will be 36 km long and have 13 stations, eight of which will be new and five of which will be upgraded stations from an existing suburban rail line. It is scheduled to start revenue service in the first half of 2019 with a train running every four minutes at peak hours.
With Stage 2, also know as Sydney Metro City and Southwest, the line will extend into the city centre and beyond. This section will have 18 stations: seven new and 11 upgraded from an existing suburban rail line. It is scheduled to open in 2024. It will have an ultimate capacity of a train every two minutes.
With Stage 1 and 2 combined, the line will have 31 metro stations and be 66 km long.
The line will complement suburban rail services, increasing total capacity of Sydney’s public transport services.