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:
Stills from Sydney Metro's flythrough.