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Sydney Metro West receives major planning approvals

Tunnel boring machines (TBMs) could be in the ground by the end of the year after the Sydney Metro West project was granted significant approvals.

The Sydney Metro West project concept, from Westmead to the Sydney CBD, as well as station excavation and tunnelling between Westmead and the Bays was granted planning approval this week, which New South Wales Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes called a huge step forward.

“This city-shaping project will have a target travel time of about 20 minutes between Parramatta and the CBD, cut crowding on three major train lines and take tens of thousands of cars off the road every day,” he said.

“It will create more than 10,000 direct jobs and around 70,000 indirect jobs, while delivering a vital boost to the local economy.”

The project will include 24 km twin tunnels which will link new suburbs to rail for the first time, including new stations at Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Dock, The Bays, Pyrmont and the Sydney CBD.

The first of three tunnelling contracts is expected to be awarded in the middle of this year and, due to its size, the planning approvals process for the project is being done in stages.

The NSW Government committed $6.4 billion over four years to Sydney Metro West in 2019.

For more information visit the NSW Department of Planning website.

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