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Sydney North West Metro open date announced

The Sydney North West Metro will open to customers on Sunday 26 May and aims to provide a turn up and go rail service from Rouse Hill to Chatswood.

At full operation, trains will run every four minutes in each direction at peak times on the line, with the ability to run up to every two minutes in the future. During the initial six weeks, trains will run every five minutes to allow the new system to ramp up to full frequency.

The line includes 13 stations between Tallawong and Chatswood with 4000 commuter carparks. The stations are also fully accessible, with lifts and level access between platform and train.

Final commissioning of driverless trains is currently underway, with more than 180,000 kilometres of testing already completed. Testing has included high speed tests on the skytrain, calibrating the system with the platform screen doors and loading one train with more than 100 1000-litre tanks of water to simulate customer loads.

The platform screen doors aim to keep people and objects such as prams away from the tracks and allow trains to get in and out of stations faster.

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the North West Metro was delivered on time and more than $1 billion under budget.

“This project is the result of hard work, discipline and focus. I want to thank all those involved in delivering this important project.”

NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said the Metro line is being expanded from Chatswood to Bankstown and by 2024 Sydney will have 31 metro stations and a 66 kilometres standalone metro railway.

More than 1500 additional weekly services have been added to the timetable, with changes to some existing routes introduced to include stops at local Metro stations.

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