Sydney Metro’s New Driverless Trains Start Passenger Services

Four of 23 new driverless trains for the City & Southwest Line have started passenger service on Sydney’s Metro North West Line this week.

These vehicles will provide more flexibility on the network ahead of the City & Southwest Line opening in 2024.

Alstom has currently delivered 20 of the 23 ordered trains, each of which undergoes thorough testing and travels a minimum of 500 kilometres before commencing passenger services.

Sydney Driverless Trains
Sydney Metro’s new driverless trains

These new driverless trains will join Sydney Metro’s existing fleet of 22 North West Metro Line trains by mid-2023 to double the number of trains on the network.

Once the Sydney Metro City & Southwest line is operational, the trains will then begin testing in the 15.5-kilometre twin tunnels under Sydney Harbour and through the seven new city stations.

Minister for Transport, Veterans and Western Sydney David Elliott said:

“Last night we hit another major milestone as new driverless trains for the Sydney Metro City and Southwest project join the existing North West Metro Line trains, following a rigorous testing regime.

“All 23 new trains are expected to be in service on the North West Metro Line in the first half of next year, doubling the number of trains on the network and providing customers with additional flexibility.

“Sydney Metro is a city-shaping project that will transform how this city moves, with metro trains able to take more people across the Harbour in the busiest hour of the peak than the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel combined. This new fleet will ensure commuters have access to metro services every four minutes from Rouse Hill to the heart of Sydney.”

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