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In this instalment of our CGC Projects in Focus series, we take a look at the successful completion of the first phase of the Sydney Metro Northwest Development. With an estimated 200,000 extra people moving into the city’s northwest region over the coming decade, this project’s importance cannot be underestimated.

After eight years of planning and building by the Northwest Rapid Transit Consortium and 180,000 kilometres of testing, the first section of the Sydney Metro Northwest driverless trains network opened to the public on 26 May. The new line from Tallawong Station in Rouse Hill through to Chatswood has 13 stops, with eight to be brand-new stations, approximately 4,000 commuter parking spaces; and trains every four minutes during peak times.

Underground tunnel development

On opening day Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the metro lines would help alleviate pressure on the existing rail system, which has been straining to cope with record growth in patronage. “Life is about to change for so many”. In its first months of operation, it is already easing congestion spots, reducing commuter times and transforming how Sydneysiders move about this iconic and always-growing city.

Tallawong – the start of the new line

Located 48 kilometres north-west of Sydney’s CBD, Tallawong Station is the first station on the new line and will service residents of The Ponds, Rouse Hill and neighbouring suburbs. 

With a projected start of late 2021, the station’s $700 million dollar development will create 1,100 new homes and a 3,411 square metre village park. With Tallawong Station the first to be developed, Sydney Metro and Landcom will develop major housing projects at all eight new stations.

The next phase —what’s ahead?

It is Australia’s first fully automated metro train service. And it’s just the beginning.

Sydney Metro Northwest has also increased the number of commuters that trains can carry in peak hours from 120 to 200 per hour, a game-changer in a part of the city where housing and industry are forecast to steeply increase. 

Sydney Metro is now in its next major phase, extending the line from the northwest and under Sydney Harbour to new underground CBD and south-west stations. 

Exciting Career Opportunities

Complex, large-scale developments like Sydney Metro Northwest create a wide range of new professional opportunities and the chance to play your part in building the infrastructure that will serve the city for many decades to come. 

This exciting major project together with others moving forward for Sydney are creating diverse career roles in design, architecture, construction and project management. CGC has a wealth of experience in connecting our clients and candidates for these professional positions, matching the brightest talents with the best opportunities.

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