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Planners are anticipating every “train geek” and public transport-deprived Hills resident will flock to use the Sydney Metro northwest from Sunday, May 26.
Thousands will use the $7.3 billion service for work and others are curious to ride the newest carriages on the 13-station network from Tallawong in Rouse Hill to Chatswood.
A train heading towards Rouse Hill station. Picture: Transport for NSWTransport for NSW general co-ordinator Marg Prendergast is one of those involved in the colossal infrastructure project.
“We’re expecting a lot of people — train geeks alone will come out of the woodwork,” Ms Prendergast said.
“There will be people from the northwest who are going to come out on Sunday to ride this amazing train. We just think that first day … people want to check it out. It’s state-of-the-art.”
The Sydney Metro’s operations will also prove a guinea pig how Sydney Metro southwest, Sydney Metro West and the St Marys to Badgerys Creek line will run.
There are also realistic expectations there will be setbacks.
“The first few months of any operation, we expect there will be issues,’’ Ms Prendergast said.
“We want to be slow and steady in that respect.’’
More than 22,000 people built the Sydney Metro northwest project, including more than 4000 who constructed the twin 15km tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping.
DRIVERLESS TRAINSMs Prendergast insists the Operational Control Centre at Tallawong is sophisticated enough to cope with any setbacks and orchestrate a smooth journey for the 22 trains on the 36km line.
“It’s a fully automated system,’’ she said.
It’s hi-tech. It’s the brain and heart of the operation and, being full automated, there’s minimum doubt.
“Driverless trains have been operating in Singapore for such a long time.”
Cory Roeten, who runs the Operations Control Centre for driverless trains, speaks with traffic controller Heinz Bastiampillai, in Rouse Hill. Picture: Dylan RobinsonThere are staff at each station and constant monitoring of the train.
“We know that if something happens on Sydney Trains, or Sydney Metro, and there’s a gap in services, there are additional platform staff,’’ she said.
“We’ve got really strong management staff.”
Transport for NSW will have more than 100 staff working in the field across Metro stations, roads and bus stops on May 26.
There will also be more than 50 staff to help customers around the new stations and Sydney Trains is “quadrupling the number of staff at Chatswood interchange”.
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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