Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Metro line through Barangaroo gets planning approval

A Metro station under Barangaroo is a step closer with the announcement that planning approval had been granted to the Chatswood to Sydenham line.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes and Transport Minister Andrew Constance made the announcement at Nawi Cove in Barangaroo Reserve today before inspecting the Metro carriage which is on public display throughout January.

Construction sites will be established in the Sydney CBD this year. By the end of 2018, the first of five tunnel boring machines will be in the ground carving out new twin tunnels.

Sydney Metro will be able to carry a new metro train every two minutes in each direction under the Sydney CBD.

Today’s planning approval includes:

  • Delivering 16.5km of new metro rail between Chatswood and Sydenham, including 15.5km of new twin railway tunnels under Sydney Harbour and the Sydney CBD
  • Seven new metro railway stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross (North Sydney), Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt St, Central (new underground platforms), and Waterloo

Among the conditions imposed with the approval is that greenhouse emissions by electricity consumed by the metro’s operation must be fully offset.

Two consortia are competing to build the new twin tunnels, with the contract expected to be awarded around the middle of this year.

More than 300 submissions were received during six weeks of public consultation last year on the Environmental Impact Statement for the Chatswood to Sydenham section.

Public feedback has helped refine the delivery of Sydney Metro, with local input driving changes that include using barges on Sydney Harbour to move tunnel boring machine parts from the north of the harbour and to take crushed rock from the Barangaroo Station site, reducing impacts on roads and traffic.