New South Wales will this week open a tender to build the longest rail tunnels in the country for the AUD 20bn (USD 13.7bn)-plus Sydney Metro West project.
Construction of the new railway will begin next year, the state government announced on Monday, and revealed locations for seven of the stations at Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Dock and the Bays Precinct.
Another two stations are being considered for Pyrmont near the Sydney city centre and at Rydalmere further west.
Minister for Transport Andrew Constance told reporters the government is aiming to complete Metro West by 2030 – about two years later than originally envisaged – although he said they will try to finish it sooner.
A transport department spokesperson told Inframation the state had not yet finalised how it would procure Sydney Metro West or another metro line known as Sydney Metro Greater West, which is due to be built at the same time.