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Big breakthrough in Burwood for Sydney Metro West

Two mega tunnel boring machines (TBMs) have arrived at Burwood North Metro Station site as the 24km Sydney Metro West twin tunnels connecting Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD charge ahead.

This marks a significant milestone on the Sydney Metro West project that the NSW Government has enhanced by driving housing uplift along the line.

The TBMs have each built 6.26km of tunnel, so far excavating a combined 1,200,000t of dirt (around 196 Olympic swimming pools) and installing around 44,100 tunnelling segments to line the new tunnel walls.

The TBMs are more than halfway through the 11km journey to carve out a section of the alignment between The Bays and Sydney Olympic Park, via future station sites at Five Dock, Burwood North and North Strathfield.

Premier Chris Minns said this marks a major milestone in delivering this crucial new Metro line that will make it easier for people across Western Sydney to travel around our city, while addressing the housing crisis that has gripped NSW.

“NSW is losing twice as many young people as we’re gaining, and it’s projects like this that create new homes for them that will play a critical role in making housing more affordable in NSW,” he said.

“Thank you to the thousands of people that are working to build this mammoth project, the largest public transport project in Australia.”

It will take just over 2 weeks for the TBMs to traverse to the western end of the cavern where they will be relaunched to tunnel the 1.8km to the next stop at Metro’s North Strathfield station site.

TBMs Beatrice and Daphne are due to complete the journey to Sydney Olympic Park in the second half of 2024.

Transport Minister Jo Haylen celebrated the milestone.

“Australia’s biggest public transport project is making fast progress. Daphne and Beatrice can almost see the finish line, they’re just under 5km away from their final destination, Sydney Olympic Park,” she said.

“These breakthroughs mean we are a step closer to delivering this once-in-a-century infrastructure investment in our city that will be a catalyst for housing growth across Sydney.

“When Burwood North Metro Station opens, it will be an exciting, state-of-the-art transport destination that will change the way people move in what is currently a very bus-dependent corner of our city, and it will take pressure off the existing T1 Western line.”

This enhanced project will double rail capacity between Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD, making it easier and faster to travel around Western Sydney.

It will also turbocharge the delivery of new housing along transport lines improving affordability of housing, while reducing building and infrastructure costs and creating thriving communities.

Sydney Metro West is expected to be complete by 2032.

For more information on Sydney Metro West project overview website.