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Old April 28th, 2016, 01:07 AM   #561
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Some Sydney Trains station upgrades:

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Arncliffe Station upgrade:






Marrickville Station upgrade




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Old April 28th, 2016, 02:33 PM   #562
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I just came here to post those! Haha

Here's an update on the NorthWest Metro - the green bit between Cudegong Rd and Cherrybrook:


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I ventured waaaay out into the outer suburbs today for a look at what all the fuss is about.

The viaduct is coming along well:








I couldn't see any progress on the above-ground stations except Cudgegong Rd. All the underground stations are surrounded by hoarding and there's not much to see from the outside.

Cudgegong Rd station in a field all on its own. (EDIT: It's actually a prototype and will be demolished)


And this is the bustling new high-density development that will get a train every 4 minutes! Directly opposite the C Rd Station.


Castle Hill station is the only one that feels like it could be busy from day one. Norwest will probably get a fair few 9-5 commuters but probably nothing on weekends. As for the rest? Well, there's........ potential. Not a huge amount of stuff within walking distance of the stations - if the massive roads and endless high-speed traffic don't put people off walking in the first place.

But it will be an interesting experiment. Australia hasn't seen a greenfields subdivision given a fast, frequent, high-capacity service like this, that I know of. Will it end up as car dependant as everywhere else this far west, or will the metro cause people to change their behaviour?

And **** me, the sprawl is ugly.
There's a few apartments and the like proposed around the stations. The stations and line from Epping to Chatswood already exists, and is quite busy. Those stations have about as much office space around them as Adelaide. A lot of crowded bus routes will be replaced by this line too. Despite my initial reactions, I actually expect the line will be well used from day one even before it's extended south of Chatswood.
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Old April 30th, 2016, 02:20 PM   #563
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Aerial footage of the Metro Northwest construction.

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Old May 5th, 2016, 04:01 PM   #564
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More Metro Northwest construction photos:


Sydney Metro North West Skytrain update. 24.4.2016. by Tim, on Flickr


Sydney Metro North West Skytrain update. 24.4.2016. by Tim, on Flickr


Sydney Metro North West Skytrain update. 24.4.2016. by Tim, on Flickr


Sydney Metro North West Skytrain update. 24.4.2016. by Tim, on Flickr


Sydney Metro North West Skytrain update. 24.4.2016. by Tim, on Flickr


Sydney Metro North West Skytrain update. 24.4.2016. by Tim, on Flickr


Sydney Metro North West Skytrain update. 24.4.2016. by Tim, on Flickr


Sydney Metro North West Skytrain update. 24.4.2016. by Tim, on Flickr
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Old May 6th, 2016, 04:43 PM   #565
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Wynyard Station Upgrades

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Old May 10th, 2016, 08:11 PM   #566
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A station with one of my favourite views in the world - Circular Quay. This station is truly amazing - on one side, the city centre, on the other, the harbour.

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Sydney Metro | City and Southwest

Renders have been released for some of the City and Southwest stations.

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Waterloo


Pitt Street


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Old May 11th, 2016, 01:37 PM   #568
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Grabbed a few interesting plans from the EIS. Obviously there's more in the rest of the pack. (Edit: More!)



























Temporary bridge and tunnel closures at Central during construction.
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Old May 14th, 2016, 06:55 AM   #569
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Just to demonstrate how much of a massive project this is:

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Facing the wrecking ball!

39 Martin Place


55 Hunter Street


12 Castlereagh Street



175 Castlereagh Street

There's another 20 smaller buildings that will have to go.
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While I am not completely sure of every element of the plan (particularly going beyond Sydenham), it is certainly needed particularly within the CBD - and I think will be more effective than the light rail project.
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New Opal card machines currently being installed at stations:

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Newcastle Light Rail - about 90 min north of Sydney's CBD



Parramatta Light Rail - in Sydney's western suburbs

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Bennelong Bridge

Completion of the pedestrian and bus bridge that links Olympic Park and the new suburb of Wentworth Point with Rhodes Station. Bus routes 526 and 533 will use this bridge. It's been designed to accommodate light rail in the future if needed.





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Dulwich Hill (Inner West) Light Rail


tramway_colonade_1 by Andrew Cox, on Flickr


New Urbos 3 by Adriano 440, on Flickr


Sydney Tram in TNSW Tram livery by James_Tan_, on Flickr


Dulwich Hill terminus by highplains68, on Flickr


New Urbos 3 approaching Dulwich Hill light rail stop by Adriano 440, on Flickr
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Old June 8th, 2016, 11:02 PM   #577
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First railway tracks laid for Sydney Metro

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

Inside the Sydney Metro Trains Facility at Rouse Hill, 19 km of railway steel is being laid as well as 11,500 sleepers and 30,000 tonnes of ballast. Here, 22 metro trains will be stabled and maintained when services start in the first half of 2019.

When Stage 2 of Sydney Metro is built, the facility will also maintain the extra trains needed to service the entire line to Bankstown. The site will also house the Sydney Metro operations centre.

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



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One of my favourite forms of transport in Sydney are its ferries. Often underappreciated relative to the more famous Manly Ferry is the Parramatta River service, often plied using the Rivercat ferry. Here is a view of the journey from Rhodes to Circular Quay via Darling Harbour. The river itself is really quite beautiful and you get amazing views of North Sydney, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, the Opera House and you go directly under the Sydney Harbour Bridge! I think this is quite a must for tourists - and also what a fantastic way to commute into the CBD as well!

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I only did the Darling Harbour to Circular Quay part, but I agree it is amazing.
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I was staying in an apartment in Rhodes so I got the full view. You would not believe how much Sydney has changed. I first visited the city back in 2004. It has really done wonders since then.
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