Plans Lodged For Sydenham To Bankstown Metro Upgrade


The Sydney Metro City & Southwest Project will upgrade and convert all 11 stations between Sydenham and Bankstown to metro standards, with construction aimed to commence in 2018, according to new documents lodged for approval by Transport for NSW.

Transport for NSW is seeking approval to construct and operate the Sydenham to Bankstown component of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project which involves upgrading the existing 13.5 kilometre rail line and 11 existing stations from Sydenham to Bankstown providing a stabling facility to support the operations of Sydney Metro City & Southwest.



The project would connect to Sydney Metro tracks at the tunnel dive structure, which would be constructed north-east of Sydenham Station as part of the proposed Chatswood to Sydenham component. The Chatswood to Sydenham component of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project is subject to a separate application which was granted planning approval by the Minister for Planning on 9 January 2017.


Approval from the Minister for Planning is required before Transport for NSW can proceed with the project.

Initially, six-car trains would run at least every four minutes in the peak period (between 15 and 20 trains per hour) in each direction between Sydenham and Bankstown stations, with the view to be operational by 2024.


Transport for NSW will investigate the potential to commence operations in two phases. Initially, Sydney Metro Northwest services would be extended from Chatswood through to Sydenham Station (phase 1). Some months later, Metro operations would be extended from Sydenham through to Bankstown Station (phase 2), with both stages planned to be completed by the end of 2024.

Sydney Metro City & Southwest comprises two core components:

  1. the Chatswood to Sydenham project, which involves about 15.5 kilometres of new underground rail line and new stations between Chatswood and Sydenham, and
  2. the Sydenham to Bankstown upgrade.


Location and Overview
The project is located within the existing rail corridor from about one kilometre north-east of Sydenham Station to about one kilometre west of Bankstown Station. The location of the project and the 11 existing stations is shown in Figure 1-2. A new stabling facility for Sydney Metro trains (the Sydney Metro Trains Facility South) would be built on industrial land adjacent to the tunnel dive structure on the northern side of the rail corridor.


Consequences of not proceeding with the project
Demand on much of Sydney’s rail network is nearing capacity during the morning and evening peak periods. Patronage will continue to grow as land is rezoned and/or redeveloped along the Sydenham to Bankstown corridor. Network capacity in the Sydney CBD cannot accommodate growth because of the bottleneck caused by trains having to merge tracks with other lines, wait for opposing trains to cross, or face delays due to slow boarding and alighting. By 2026, demand for rail transport will grow by 83,900 trips to a total of 249,000 trips in the morning peak (representing a 51 per cent increase in travel demand).
Key features
The project involves converting the existing 13.5 kilometre section of the Sydney Trains Bankstown Line between Sydenham and Bankstown to a metro line. The conversion of the line would also include upgrading 11 existing stations to the standards required for metro services, including full accessibility. The key features of the project are expected to include:

  • upgrades to the existing stations
  • a new stabling facility for Sydney Metro trains
  • utility and rail system protection and relocation works
  • adjustment of existing track alignments and overhead wiring
  • installation of Sydney Metro rail systems
  • adjustment of existing Sydney Trains rail systems
  • turn back facilities and track crossovers


Stills from Sydney Metro's flythrough.

  • corridor works to access tracks/paths, rail corridor fencing, and noise walls
  • installation of high security fencing along the entire corridor
  • precinct works to suit the new station layouts
  • upgrade of existing bridges/underpasses that cross the rail corridor
  • stormwater drainage works
  • provision of new traction substations
  • works to facilitate altered train operations on the existing Sydney Trains network
  • provision for rail corridor development
  • provision for an active transport corridor between Sydenham and Bankstown
  • temporary transport measures implemented during rail possession periods.

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