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Sydney Metro Northwest, the first stage of the railway billed as the country’s biggest public transport project, could enter service in Australia’s largest city. The Metro arrives with mixed views on its benefits to the congested and sprawling capital of New South Wales.
Sydney Metro City and Southwest, the second stage of the total 66 km system, is due to open in 2024.
The new standalone railway will provide 31 metro stations. Customers on the Internet-enabled trains won’t need timetables – they’ll turn up every four minutes. The privately-run rail project will use driverless trains.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that four top former rail executives warn that the metro line will result in “degradation of the robustness and reliability” of Sydney's existing heavy rail network, and “ultimately lead to the total network becoming gridlocked and unworkable.” The executives include Ron Christie, the director-general for rail who wrote a landmark report on Sydney’s train system in 2001. They argue that the New South Wales state government would have been better to upgrade the existing double-deck rail system for the money spent on the Metro.
Single-deck trains will run along the new metro line, another point of contention. The executives point out that the metro trains will have significantly fewer seats than the present double-deck trains and therefore require many passengers to stand.
The newspaper reports that the state’s opposition Labor Party infrastructure spokesman, Michael Daley, sees the project as “nothing more than a Trojan horse for massive overdevelopment” along parts of the route.
The state’s transport minister Andrew Constance said a business case for the metro project found it to be “economic, viable and transformative for the city”.
“Every global city has a metro network – and in Sydney this will double rail capacity and give people on that south-west metro accessible stations,” he said.
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This article first appeared on newsahead.com
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