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Sydney Metro’s first rail tracks laid

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The first railway tracks have been laid on Sydney Metro in a major milestone for Australia’s largest public transport project.

Work is currently underway on Sydney Metro Northwest, formerly called the North West Rail Link, which is the first stage of Sydney Metro.

Inside the Sydney Metro Trains Facility at Rouse Hill, 19km of railway steel is being laid as well as 11,500 sleepers and 30,000t of ballast. Twenty two metro trains will be stabled and maintained at the site when services start in the first half of 2019.

When Metro City & Southwest – the second stage of Sydney Metro – is built, the Rouse Hill facility will also maintain the extra trains needed to service the entire line to Bankstown in south west Sydney. The site will also house the Sydney Metro operations centre.

Eventually 108km of steel will be used for the railway tracks across the Sydney Metro Northwest project.

The project involves delivery of 15km of twin tunnels and eight new railway stations.

Sydney Metro Northwest will be the first fully-automated metro rail system in Australia.

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