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A new map has been unveiled showing up to 39 new railway stations that could be built in Sydney as part of a multibillion-dollar high-frequency Metro network.
It comes just a week after the Victorian Government released plans for a new Melbourne suburban loop line involving six new stations.
Currently, Sydney has a single Metro line that links Chatswood and Tallawong in the city’s north. By 2024, it will be extended to Bankstown, in the southwest, via the CBD.
But a proposed four-line Metro network would incorporate 39 new stations. Of these, 17 would be entirely new stops in Sydney’s west, north shore and eastern suburbs, with the remainder interchanges with existing transport hubs.
The new network would also provide cross-city rail connections that simply don’t exist right now.
But don’t get too excited yet — it could take almost four decades to get all the stations up and running. Even those championing the new network have conceded some lines are not the top priority, and there’s no money yet to pay for all of them.
The new map envisages a massive expansion to the recently opened Sydney Metro. Picture: AAP Image/Joel Carrett.Source:AAP
The cost of the recently opened Metro, its extension to southwest Sydney and the Metro West is likely to top $30 billion. These plans are far more extensive than even that.
Cartography company Voommaps has created the picture of the network that vividly and colourfully brings to life what an expanded Metro system could look like.
It looks similar to the current rail map, familiar to Sydneysiders, but it’s unofficial and the makers stress the plans could change.
It predicts four Metro lines that will run in addition to the current Sydney Trains and expanded light rail service.
Line M1 is the current Metro line. However, the map has extended it at both ends westward — to Liverpool and to Macarthur via the under-construction Western Sydney Airport.
New stations on the M1 include CBD stations at Barangaroo and Pitt St that are being built as well as new stops at Marsden Park, St Marys and Narellan in the west.
An M2 line would head from Leppington, on the city’s southwestern fringe, north via the new airport and to the CBD via Parramatta and Olympic Park. It would then branch off to Malabar in the eastern suburbs and Miranda in the south. Planning is already well underway on the Parramatta to the CBD section.
New map from Voommaps shows Sydney’s future Metro rail network.Source:Supplied
The M3 and the M4 lines avoid the CBD and provide much-needed north-south suburban connections. Now if you want to go from, say, Liverpool to Macquarie Park, you have to do a huge dogleg in and then out of the city.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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