When will Sydney Metro Northwest open?

 
  C3765 Train Controller

Just checked the new metro timetable, there is a metro every 5 minutes from 7:05am to 9:40am and 4:20pm to 7:25pm on weekdays. There is a metro every 10 minutes at all other times on weekdays and the whole day for weekends. The first train from Chatswood each day is at 4:25am and the last train is at 1:25am the next day. The first train from Tallawong each day is at 4:05am and the last train is at 1:05am the next day. So for those who want to watch/film/catch the first metro service, you will have to be at Tallwaong station at 4:05 am on the 26th of May 2019.

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  AvonLink Train Controller

Location: Kingsgrove NSW
Sydney Metro:

First “official services” Leave Tallawong and Chatswood at 11:05am up until 8:30-9pm.

Between 9:00pm and Just after midnight North West Night bus will operate for the next couple of months while the metro is undergoing the finishes touches before its full operation can begin.

On the 27th May Services will commence as per weekday timetable which can be obtained via Trip Planner: https://transportnsw.info/documents/timetables/93-M-Sydney-Metro-North-West-20190526.pdf
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

Just checked the new metro timetable, there is a metro every 5 minutes from 7:05am to 9:40am and 4:20pm to 7:25pm on weekdays. There is a metro every 10 minutes at all other times on weekdays and the whole day for weekends. The first train from Chatswood each day is at 4:25am and the last train is at 1:25am the next day. The first train from Tallawong each day is at 4:05am and the last train is at 1:05am the next day. So for those who want to watch/film/catch the first metro service, you will have to be at Tallwaong station at 4:05 am on the 26th of May 2019.
C3765

It will be opening at 11.00am on the 26th of may.

Phil from sydney trains vlogs has just launched his latest video and it would appear that the metro is doing a quasi service already for metro staff.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwYu18IL9OE
  9034 Train Controller

So looks like is is open.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/sydney-metro-opens-to-the-public-as-nsw-premier-heralds-a-whole-new-way-of-doing-things/news-story/64a0ffbdae08d109a547b417d0639420



"Sydney’s new driverless northwest Metro has been officially opened and will soon face its first peak-hour test.

The first commuters boarded trains at Tallawong Station in Rouse Hill following the offical opening by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Transport Minister Andrew Constance on Sunday morning."

So has anyone been on it and what do you think of it?

thanks
  tayser Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
first POV discoverable on Youtube:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1002&v=JOhM567TioU
  TomBTR Chief Train Controller

Location: near Sydney
[quote="9034"]So has anyone been on it and what do you think of it?/quote]

Yes, I rode the first one out of Chatswood this morning. Didn't want to miss it because I caught the first train from Chatswood to Epping when it opened and the last one back when it closed.

Fortunately the three of us arrived an hour early so we were able to get the first train. The queue was managed carefully to avoid any journalistic sardine photo opportunities. It even had that "new car" smell. We seemed to take a long time to reach Epping. At each stop several more people boarded until soon there were even a few standing. After leaving Epping the train accelerated more sharply and seemed to be running faster than before. By the time we reached Tallawong the train was full.

The announcements did not work as they should. The voice sounds like a sick Navman. "For you safety this train is equipped with su..click" (I think she is talking about surveillance cameras.) The Cityrail announcements are clearer by far.

Tallawong reminds me of the "parkway" stations in Europe. Carparks, bus stops and fences but nowhere to eat and nothing to buy. We were made to walk around a long block to rejoin the train.

The return train was packed from the start. Fortunately a nice Indian boy offered me his seat. Missed getting off at Rouse Hill for lunch so the missus suggested Bella Vista. Similar crowd control arrangements per Tallawong but this time no other passengers coming or going. The place was deserted except for the security staff meant to be separating comers from goers. They still followed their script, which of course we ignored and took the shorted route to find some food. I guess that the Hills folk stay home on Sundays so the office and warehouse parks were closed and so were most cafes. Eventually we found an Indian restaurant. Missus walked out because it was vegetarian. Then we noticed a South Indian restaurant in the next block. Lamb, fish, roti etc. we were the only customers and service was slow, but after a while the other tables filled with Indian families so that was a good sign. When the food arrived it was delicious. The we walked back to the station to find a few others waiting on the platform. It was turn up and wait today.

I mention the Bella Vista experience because there is a good chance that the metro will bring an increase in patronage that should help local business decide to open on weekends and so generate some vitality and employment.

Eventually a train came. Already packed, no straps left from which to hang. Fortunately a nice young Chinese lady tapped me on the shoulder and offered me her seat. Five minute dwell at each station until Epping then about 10 or 15 minutes with doors open and friendly Metro official trying to get his radio to work so he could tell us what was happening. It was amusing to watch a westbound train on the opposite platform moving backwards and forwards trying to align with the gates. Several of our passengers gave up and left the train. Those remaining were happy to keep chatting to each other. It was a party atmosphere. Announcements on this train were not working much. When they did they referred to problems with a TRAIN. Previously all the planned announcements referred to the METRO. So is a metro when it works and a train when it doesn't!

At Chatswood both down escalators were broken so we all had to walk to the north end to find the stairs. Lucky we had screen doors or we could have been pushed off the platform by the crowd. Downstairs the queue had filled the paid area and overflowed into the covered pedestrian street outside. Police tape hastily laid to send arriving passengers north to the bus station whether they wanted to go there or not. I assume that the escalators will be fixed by tomorrow, and of course many passengers arriving by metro will simply cross the platform and wait for a city-bound train.

Tom
  M636C Minister for Railways

Yes, I rode the first one out of Chatswood this morning. Didn't want to miss it because I caught the first train from Chatswood to Epping when it opened and the last one back when it closed.


Tom,

Sorry I missed you but hardly a surprise given the crowds. Chatswood was chaos into the evening.
It was difficult to get to and from normal North Shore line trains to get to and from Turramurra.

I headed out to North Ryde by bus, where there was a queue of three when we arrived at the station. Early in the life of the line I got out there and found only bushland and a cemetery across the road. Now it looks busier with more high rise buildings than Melbourne's Docklands.

We caught the second train, since we were only allowed in after the first trains had passed.

I saw a person get caught in the train doors, and nearby passengers pulled him out. But the doors didn't reopen as I expected.

There were rather more minor failures than you'd expect, and I agree the DV announcements were very poor

Peter
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

I headed out to North Ryde by bus, where there was a queue of three when we arrived at the station.

M636C

I also did this after getting photo's at chatswood of the premier and transport minister. I did not have any desire to line up in such a queue. Apparently a total of 140,000 rode the metro on opening day. For comparison the Canberra Metro had 64,000 through it's first 5 days just a month or so ago.
  AMEX'D Beginner

The comparison is one that shouldnt be compared to. One is a Automated suburban line with metro rolling stock in a city of 5 million whilst another is a light railway servicing a city of not even half a million.
  Festivus Station Master

Location: Sydney, Australia
Did a quick Epping, Cherrybrook, Macquarie Park trip this morning at about 0820.

Abundance of that lovely new car smell. A few Gunzels up front taking cab view footage.
It's very fast. Wasn't particularly busy. Plenty of seats available. Many staff hanging around at each platform.

Got the sense it was catching up to the set in front. It would accelerate hard and then brake to start losing speed. This happened a few times.

Noticed on approach and departure from Cherrybrook that the trains have a small hill climb and decent on arrival and departure to the platforms. Wondered if this is by design to assist with stopping and starting at the station? Would make sense to do so.

All in all, a good experience. Looking forward to going for a longer ride next weekend.
  Piston Train Controller

I can't believe they have spent $8.3 billion on this line yet the stations at Tallawong, Rouse Hill and Kellyville have only partial covering over the platforms and not full length of the train.
A passenger can get on at Chatswood and it isn't raining but when they get to Rouse Hill it can be bucketing down and passengers will then need to put up their umbrellas as they step off the train and delay it.
How stupid can they be not to provide full length platform coverings?
  M636C Minister for Railways

I can't believe they have spent $8.3 billion on this line yet the stations at Tallawong, Rouse Hill and Kellyville have only partial covering over the platforms and not full length of the train.
A passenger can get on at Chatswood and it isn't raining but when they get to Rouse Hill it can be bucketing down and passengers will then need to put up their umbrellas as they step off the train and delay it.
How stupid can they be not to provide full length platform coverings?
Piston
Remember the platforms are eight cars long but the trains and gates are only six cars long.

I was at Rouse Hill today and the canopies appear to extend to the third doorway on the end cars.
So if it is raining and you are in the first or last car, just walk to the innermost door and you will stay dry.

Peter
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

The comparison is one that shouldnt be compared to. One is a Automated suburban line with metro rolling stock in a city of 5 million whilst another is a light railway servicing a city of not even half a million.
AMEX'D

The numbers I posted were there to show the enormous amount of people that turned up to the metro opening and not a comparison of the systems themselves and which one is better.
  C3765 Train Controller

first POV discoverable on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1002&v=JOhM567Ti...
Tayser

Transport for NSW has released their own, starting at Tallawong Yard and continuing empty so no noise from passengers.



https://youtu.be/6JK6QqpPxYk
  SinickleBird Chief Train Controller

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
Yes - you don’t want people thinking that there are passengers on it.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
The first train from Chatswood each day is at 4:25am and the last train is at 1:25am the next day. The first train from Tallawong each day is at 4:05am and the last train is at 1:05am the next day.
C3765
Does this mean they store trains at Chatswood?
  C3765 Train Controller

The times indicated in that post were from a older version of the timetable which was taken down and replaced with the current timetable.

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