Another Major Tunnelling Milestone Reached As The North West Rail Link Powers Ahead

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today joined local MPs at the new Norwest Station as the second massive North West Rail Link tunnel boring machine broke through after tunnelling more than 2 kilometres from Bella Vista.

“The Baird Government is wasting no time delivering this massive infrastructure project for the people of the North West,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Tunnelling started about six months ago and already we’re making great progress. All four 900 tonne tunnel boring machines are in the ground – ahead of schedule and $300 million under budget – and have dug more than 6 kilometres in total.

“We came to government promising to build the North West Rail Link, and it is pleasing to watch the second machine, Florence, break through the first stretch of tunnel today. This is proof that when we say we will deliver – we will get it done.

“When the North West Rail Link opens in the first half of 2019, trains will run every four minutes in the peak and customers won’t need a timetable. You’ll be able to turn up and catch reliable, clean and modern rapid train services never-before seen in Australia.”

Ms Berejiklian today also released designs for the new Norwest Station, one of eight state-of-the-art railway stations being delivered as part of the project.

“Norwest is one of the fastest growing employment centres in Sydney. About 15,000 people travel here for work every day, including from major Australian and international companies, and we expect this to increase to 30,000 by 2031,” she said.

“The North West Rail Link will change the way of life for people living and working in Sydney’s North West.

“Labor announced, cancelled and re-announced this project for more than a decade, and failed to get started. Their latest so-called infrastructure plan is another kick in the guts for Western Sydney families.

“If the Baird Government is re-elected, we want to extend Rapid Transit right across our great city, travelling under the CBD and west to Bankstown.

“Our plan, together with major infrastructure upgrades, will increase capacity on the rail network by 60 per cent and give public transport customers access to fast, reliable and modern turn-up-and-go services.”