THE tracks for Sydney Metro are being laid, and now the trains for the new rail network have arrived in Australia.
The trains were assembled overseas and arrived by boat at Newcastle, before being loaded on to a truck and delivered to Sydney.
After the long trek, the trains are receiving safety checks and being prepared for when Sydney Metro starts operating from Cudgegong Road at Rouse Hill to Chatswood in 2019.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who was the state Transport Minister when the project started, was over the moon when announcing the news at Rouse Hill on Tuesday.
“We’re so excited that this project is taking shape. The first bits of track have been laid on the Skytrain, the trains have arrived in Sydney and are waiting for inspection,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“This is the first stage of a system which will improve the lives of thousands and thousands of our citizens.
“I am excited this project is going well and we’ve reached this critical milestone. It’s wonderful news for people who are passionate about public transport, who are passionate about bringing the world’s best to NSW.”
Transport Minister Andrew Constance insisted there was nothing wrong with the trains, which were not unveiled at Tuesday’s announcement.
“This is Australian history. We now have the first driverless train for public transport services in Australia on our shores,” Mr Constance said.
“This project will be as iconic as The Tube in London, The Metro in Paris, and the Harbour Bridge when it is complete.
“To see what will be running through here at 100km/h in two years time is going to be incredible for the communities of the north-west, incredible for the people of NSW.”
Ms Berejiklian believes the state government is finding a way to strike a balance betweening preserving communities and creating more housing supply.
“Our strategy has been all about balance. I am for protecting our communities whilst continuing to provide vital infrastructure,” she said.
“When we came into government, there was too much over-development and no transport being built, no roads being built, and we are turning that on its head.”