Sydney Metro has received a AUS $12bn (£6.1bn) grant from the New South Wales budget.
New South Wales premier Mike Baird, treasurer Gladys Berejiklian, and transport and infrastructure minister Andrew Constance have announced a new budget commitment for the Sydney Metro system over the next four years.
The Australian state is to spend £3.2bn on the Sydney Metro City & Southwest and £2.9bn on Sydney Metro Northwest.
Sydney Metro Northwest’s tunnels have been completed 10 months early, and under budget. The project employed 400 tunnellers and 4,600 workers.
Berejiklian said: “The Budget will continue the Government’s record commitments to public transport with not only [£66M] in 2016-17 to continue work on the Metro Northwest, but also [£71M] in 2016-17 to continue the Metro under the Harbour, through the [central business district] and on to Bankstown.”
The metro’s first stage is the Northwest section. Funds for 2016/17 will provide tracks, eight new metro stations, automatic trains and a 4km skytrain section.
On the Southwest route, the budget will pay for twin tunnels, demolitions and planning work.
Construction work has started on tracks for the Northwest section, which is expected to open in 2019. A tunnel boring machine is slated to begin work on the Southwest section in 2018 for a 2024 opening.