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Sydney’s north-west has been waiting for a train line for decades, and now 9NEWS can reveal it’s finally a step closer to reality.
A new driverless metro train has hit a top speed of more than 100km/h during a test run above Rouse Hill and Kellyville.
“Every global city has a metro system. We’ve missed out until now – and here we are delivering a brand new suburban rail network,” said Transport Minister Andrew Constance.
A new driverless metro train has been tested in Sydney's north west. Picture: 9NEWS (9news)
Safety regulators wanted to make sure it was stable while travelling at fast speeds. They’ve been putting the entire fleet to the test.
“There’s a lot of work to be done in terms of testing between now and the second quarter of next year when we get passengers on board.”
The next step will be shutting down the line between Epping and Chatswood to get it fitted out for the new railway.
The train reached speeds of 100km/h and when fully operational, the new system will service customers every four minutes. Picture: 9NEWS (9news)The full shutdown will take place on September 30, with buses to replace trains for seven months.
It’ll be a trying time for commuters travelling to the major business district and Macquarie University, but the government insists it will be worth it.
The transport minister says the new service will provide “a train every four minutes, turn up and go service… which can move 46,000 passengers per hour compared to the existing train network which is 24,000”.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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