Machines doing all heavy-lifting in vital transport, housing boost

SYDNY Metro West has kicked off a huge year with tunnel boring machines (TBMs) Betty and Dorothy more than 1.3km and 930m into their respective journeys building between Sydney Olympic Park and Westmead.

Meanwhile TBMs Beatrice and Daphne are continuing to build the new metro tunnels towards Sydney Olympic Park, with their next stop 2km away at the future Burwood North Metro Station site.
The 1,300-tonne machines will tunnel an average of 200m a week to complete the second leg in their journey and are expected to break through at Burwood North in April.
Sydney Metro West is expected to be complete by 2032. When it opens, these fast and reliable metro services will double rail capacity between Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD.
This reaffirms the NSW Government’s commitment to building more housing in the right places, where people want to live – to improve affordability, reduce building and infrastructure costs and create thriving communities.
This includes a proposal, which was brought to the NSW Government by the Australian Turf Club, centring around the potential to build more than 25,000 new homes on the Rosehill Racecourse site. This would allow the government to explore the feasibility of a new Metro West Station at Rosehill.
Transport Minister Jo Haylen said the next 12 months would be a huge year of tunnelling.
“These mighty machines are really doing the heavy lifting as we move closer towards our goal of delivering even more public transport connections for the people in Sydney’s west,” she said.
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