Final commissioning of Sydney’s new generation of driverless trains is currently underway with more than 250,000km of testing complete. 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 1,000-litre tanks of water to simulate customer loads.
Australian-first technology like platform screen doors keeps people and objects like prams away from the tracks and allows trains to get in and out of stations much faster.
Sydney Metro is Australia’s first fully accessible railway meaning there are lifts at all stations and level access between platforms and trains.
Until 26 May, Sydney Metro and the operator of the Metro Northwest Line, Metro Trains Sydney (MTS), will run the trains to the schedule which is planned for when the line opens, and will carry out final checks and refinements to the system.
During this time MTS will:
- continue to test systems and technology associated with operating the line;
- monitor and fine tune the running of the 24/7 Operations Control Centre;
- work with Sydney Metro, Sydney Trains and Transport for NSW to make final adjustments to the interface between Sydney Metro and other modes of transport across the network, so that the transport system is ready for when the Metro Northwest Line opens.
APP was the Independent Certifier for the Tunnels and Stations Civil (TSC) works contract that included the excavation and civil works for twin tunnels, four new stations, two service facilities and 59 cross passages. APP were also part of the IC team for the Stations and Viaducts (SVC) works contracts which included construction of the viaduct and bridge along Old Windsor Road.
With such a major milestone coming up, we’re looking forward to seeing the public enjoying the new Sydney Metro. Congratulations to our Sydney Metro teams, led by Jeff Sharp and Rob Nievergelt on their hard work for the duration of the project, and the myriad of others involved. It’s an incredible achievement.