North West Rail Link
The Project Overview
The $8.3 billion North West Rail Link is Australia’s largest public transport infrastructure project currently under construction and a priority rail project for the NSW Government.
It will be the first fully-automated rapid transit rail system in Australia.
The project will deliver eight new railway stations and 4,000 commuter car parking spaces to Sydney’s growing North West.
Trains will operate every four minutes in the peak – or at least 15 trains an hour. Customers won’t need a timetable – you’ll just turn up and go.
The North West Rail Link will deliver, for the first time, a reliable public transport service to a region which has the highest car ownership levels per household in Australia.
Over the coming decades, an extra 200,000 people will move into the North West Growth Centre, taking its population above 600,000.
Sydney’s new generation of fast, safe and reliable single deck trains will be rolled out on the North West Rail Link first. They will have the highest levels of customer safety including constant CCTV monitoring and platform screen doors to improve safety on platforms.
These screen doors, at the edge of the platform, stop objects falling on to the tracks and make getting on and off the train quicker. This means trains can operate much faster and safer.
The project includes construction of twin 15 km tunnels from Bella Vista to Epping – Australia’s longest rail tunnels. This contract was awarded in late June 2013. The North West Rail Link is expected to open to customers in the first half of 2019.