The soon-to-be-unveiled Sydney metro will come with a neat perk for passengers travelling on its opening day: it won’t cost you a cent to hop on.
The new Northwest Metro line will be unveiled just after 11am this Sunday 26 May.
According to Transport NSW, “large crowds are expected” for the unveiling of the 36km metro line that will stop at 13 stations between Rouse Hill’s Tullawong Station and Chatswood.
"Trainspotters will become train riders on Sunday. If you can come later in the day, that would be preferable because there will be large crowds," said NSW transport minister Andrew Constance.
RIDE SYDNEY METRO 🚆 FOR FREE THIS SUNDAY:— Andrew Constance MP (@AndrewConstance) May 22, 2019
Metro Northwest officially opens to the public on Sunday - and as a big thank you to the community, we'll be offering free travel between Tallawong and Chatswood. #sydneymetro pic.twitter.com/LgzV0LRTfp
The ride will be completely free for those travelling within the $7.3 billion line on Sunday, but you’ll need to tap on and off to travel across the rest of the Sydney Trains network, according to Transport NSW.
Travelling on Sydney’s public transport network using your Opal card on Sundays has a cap of $2.70.
The soon-to-be-unveiled Northwest Metro line is the “first driverless railway system” in Australia, featuring 22 driverless trains. It is also the city’s first privately operated suburban line, as reported in SMH.
The trains will start in Tallawong Station and stop at Rouse Hill, Kellyville, Bella Vista, Norwest, Hills Showground, Castle Hill, Cherrybrook, Epping, Macquarie University, Macquarie Park, North Ryde and terminate at Chatswood station.
Morning peak hour will see trains arrive every five minutes, and reduce to four minutes once the line is at full operation.
Thousands of commuters are expected to change trains at Chatswood for city-bound trains on business days, and the Northwest Metro timetable has been synched with Chatswood to reduce delays and crowding.
The new metro line is expected to be a preview of other metro lines under development, such as the Sydney Metro Southwest, Sydney Metro West and the St Mary’s to Badgerys Creek lines, according to News.com.au.
Constance said the line was well prepared for the interchange at morning peak times.
"We are planning for 10,000 people or thereabouts to interchange at Chatswood,” he said.
The last service on the new line this Sunday will depart Chatswood at 10:05pm and Tallawong at 9:35pm.
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