TRACK work on the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest is nearly complete, with just five km remaining to link all the eight stations.
Transport for NSW said the deck of the cable-stayed bridge is being readied for railway tracks over Windsor Rd, Rouse Hill, with steel being installed so the concrete track slab can be laid.
Three massive escalators are being fitted at Norwest station, which will be more than 20m underground.
“We’re getting closer by the day to revolutionary metro rail opening in the first half of next year, which will change the way of life forever for people in the Hills region,” Transport Minister Andrew Constance said.
“Sydney Metro means people will be able to get around our great city faster and easier than ever before.”
The Rouse Hill bridge is similar in design to Sydney’s Anzac Bridge and is a part of the eye catching skytrain, which will have a stop at the Rouse Hill Town Centre.
After this 540m of new railway tracks will be placed on the bridge.
More than 7km of railway tracks have been installed on the skytrain between Rouse Hill and Bella Vista. More than 4,600 people have worked on the skytrain project alone.
Over at the Norwest station, eight escalators are being installed with three cranes used to lower them into the station below, where the platforms are 21m below the surface.
The escalators, which are up to 28m long and 12m tall, will link the street level with the underground concourse and then the platforms.
The escalators, which weigh up to 22 tonnes. will take the taking customers 21m underground to the railway line.
The Sydney Metro Northwest will have stations at Cherrybrook, Castle Hill, Showground, Norwest, Bella Vista, Kellyville, Rouse Hill and Cudgegong Rd.
Sydney Metro is scheduled to open in the first half of next year with 15 trains an hour in the peak in each direction.
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Source: Rouse Hill Times