Converting Sydenham-to-Bankstown line to Metro will disadvantage thousands, inquiry told

JUST goes to show this whole debacle was not put together for transport alone … so was it about …

-cashflow for future leveraging/sell-off to other interests?
-value capture?
-other real estate opportunities?

ADD to the cost of this mess the cost of the light rail and Sydney will have achieved far less than expected for a lot more money than anticipated …

Converting Sydenham-to-Bankstown line to Metro will disadvantage thousands, inquiry told

By Greg Miskelly

11 DECEMBER 2019

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Thousands of people will be worse off when the Sydenham-to-Bankstown heavy rail line line is converted to a Metro service, a NSW parliamentary inquiry has been told.

Key points:

  • Nine stations west of Bankstown will lose all direct rail connections to the city
  • Almost 20,000 commuters will be forced to change trains twice to reach stops including Town Hall and Redfern
  • Sydney University says its students and staff will be disadvantaged by the plan

The inquiry into Sydney Metro Southwest yesterday probed how the multi-billion dollar project will blow-out some travel times after direct services are cut.

Around 20,000 commuters will lose their express trains to the CBD in the next three years when work on the new Metro line commences.

The stations facing cuts as part of the multi-billion-dollar blueprint to overhaul Sydney’s rail network are Berala, Regents Park, Carramar, Villawood, Leightonfield, Chester Hill, Sefton, Birrong and Yagoona.

The new Metro line is expected to open in 2024.

Roydon Ng, from community group “Restore Inner-West Line” said the impacts would be “devastating” to young people who work and study in the city.

“They will be isolated from the rest of the Sydney Trains network, having to change for the first time ever since the rail network was built,” he said.

Kaashif Ahmed outside train station

PHOTO: Kaashif Ahmed says it will take him an hour to get to work. (ABC Image: Greg Miskelly)

IT professional Kaashif Ahmed relies on a 38-minute express train from Birrong to Town Hall to get to work.

His said his new trip would take over an hour, with two line changes required — the first at Bankstown onto the Metro, and then another at Sydenham back on to the heavy rail line.

“If that change comes in, I have to take three trains to reach Town Hall, which is such a pain for me,” he said.

Helen Huynh, a health sciences student at Sydney University, said she was also losing her direct connection from Yagoona to Redfern.

She said the NSW Government’s plans would “inconvenience” people in her area.

“The communications have not been effective for this multicultural community,” she said.

“There is a lot of Vietnamese people in this area.

“And they haven’t been shown any Vietnamese language communication as to what’s happening.”

A NSW Government submission to the inquiry said the changes will help deliver a 60 per cent increase in rail services.

“Sydney Metro, together with signalling upgrades across the existing Sydney rail network, will increase the capacity of train services entering the Sydney Central Business District — from about 120 an hour today to up to 200 services beyond 2024,” it said.

Student Helen Huynh

PHOTO: Helen Huynh’s direct service from Yagoona to Redfern is going to be cut. (ABC Image: Ross Byrne)

Sydney University submitted data to the inquiry showing more than 3,500 students and staff who “live within 2km of stations” would be disrupted.

Greg Robinson, the university’s Director of Campus Infrastructure, told the ABC “continuing with Redfern Station” as the sole rail option for the university was “not a sustainable strategy”.

“Students and staff living west of Sydenham will face about 15 per cent extra travel times, while those using the T3 limited stops service will face up to 26 per cent longer travel times each way,” he said.

He said a proposed Metro stop at Camperdown, which was rejected by the NSW Government, was sorely needed.

Sydney Trains CEO Howard Collins said converting the line to a Metro service would “disentangle” the city’s congested heavy rail network.

“Removing this branch line from the existing railway makes the system operate more efficiently, delivers benefits far and wide and removes a bottleneck,” he said.

The inquiry also probed whether some railway stations may close after the Metro opens — something that remains unclear.

Protestors hold signs outside of NSW Parliament

PHOTO: Protestors outside NSW Parliament on Tuesday over the planned station cuts. (Supplied: Sammy Jane Freeman)




Rouse Hill: developer DEICORP submits plans for 375 apartments

WHY has Landcom appointed Deicorp for the Sydney Metro Tallawong Station Housing Project?

… in view of its record …


April 2015:  The former CROWLE Home Site now a DEICORP development at Meadowbank

December 2015 … A Resident of ‘Star Printery’ by Deicorp at Erskineville ordered to leave by her Doctor!

2016: Hurstville Residents in Heritage Conservation Area lose Battle against Developer

Hurstville residents angry after developer asks for two extra storeys

How Western Sydney has Transformed over the last Decade

DEICORP is listed among them … view the aerial photos for the loss of green space from 2013/14 to 2018 for development

LANDCOM Appoints Developer for SYDNEY METRO: Tallawong Station Housing Project

FIGHT begins to halt plans to redevelop site at DALWOOD CHILDREN’s HOME in Seaforth

Rouse Hill: developer Deicorp submit plans for 375 apartments

Hundreds of apartments and a new commercial centre are planned to be built near the Sydney Metro northwest and a bustling town centre.

See artist impressions of the proposed project.

Jake McCallum, Urban Affairs Reporter, Rouse Hill Times

November 6, 2019

375 apartments could be built by developers Deicorp at Civic Way, Rouse Hill.
375 apartments could be built by developers Deicorp at Civic Way, Rouse Hill.

375 apartments could be built by developers Deicorp at Civic Way, Rouse Hill.
375 apartments could be built by developers Deicorp at Civic Way, Rouse Hill.
375 apartments could be built by developers Deicorp at Civic Way, Rouse Hill.
375 apartments could be built by developers Deicorp at Civic Way, Rouse Hill.





Up to 5600 HOMES to Surround KELLYVILLE and BELLA VISTA Metro Stations

IT was heartening to read the comments … with the majority expressing condemnation for NSW INC and the OVERDEVELOPMENT Agenda … They are not buying it, Gladys!

WITH a token ‘five per cent of the dwellings at both sites will be affordable homes available for low to middle income earners, the plans reveal.’ Too bad, isn’t it, for a whole Cohort of Aussies locked out …. ??

With comments like these the majority are over it:

-Disappointing to see the total absence of the word “vibrant” in this article

-The COALition grand plan: build Metro rail so they can:

* eliminate train drivers
* privatise the system
* allow fat profits for their developer mates
* house more low cost workers to continue to drive down wages and conditions.

Don’t ever trust the neocons when they spend taxpayer money for apparent public benefit – it’s a trap!

-Now the trains will be full right at the start of the journey. Excellent recipe for a more overcrowded unpleasant to live in city.

-Great! Just what Sydney needs. Yet more rickety apartment towers that will no doubt be ready to come down shortly after they are built.

Up to 5600 homes to surround Kellyville and Bella Vista metro stations

Megan Gorrey
By Megan Gorrey

October 30, 2019

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As many as 5600 homes will be constructed in buildings up to 21 storeys high around two new rail stations in Sydney’s north-west, under the government’s latest plans for the fast-growing area.

The Kellyville and Bella Vista station precinct proposals by the government’s development arm Landcom, released on Tuesday, show thousands of new dwellings will be spread across terraces and taller apartment blocks in the area, which will also include a town centre and new school.

The Bella Vista station precinct will include a town centre, school and thousands of homes in terraces and taller unit blocks.
The Bella Vista station precinct will include a town centre, school and thousands of homes in terraces and taller unit blocks.

The government is pushing ahead with its plans for more intensive development in suburbs typically marked by low-rise housing along the $7.3 billion metro train line after it opened in May.

In Bella Vista, the proposal includes a town centre surrounded by between 2905 and 3822 new dwellings in terrace houses and apartment towers reaching 68 metres high, or about 21 storeys.


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There are also plans for a primary school for up to 1000 children, shops, new parks and community facilities.

The Kellyville precinct will include between 1410 and 1804 homes in buildings up to 50 metres high, or 15 storeys.

*Five per cent of the dwellings at both sites will be affordable homes available for low to middle income earners, the plans reveal.

The two areas are expected to eventually house 13,486 people and provide 7780 potential new jobs.

Under the plans, the first 200 residential units will be built in each area in 2023.

The Bella Vista precinct – not expected to be completed until 2045 – includes a high-density commercial and mixed use precinct around the metro station.

The tallest buildings will be erected along Old Windsor Road and the northern side of Celebration Drive, and “can serve as an anchor to existing buildings in Norwest Business Park”, the plans say.

“Building heights would then transition to lower scale built form in the central and northern parts of the Bella Vista precinct.”

Landcom’s 10-year plan for the corridor includes 11,000 dwellings around six of the rail stations – Tallawong, Kellyville, Bella Vista, Norwest, Castle Hill Showground and Cherrybrook – on the 36-kilometre Metro Northwest line from Chatswood to Rouse Hill within a decade.


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Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the government rezoned the Kellyville and Bella Vista sites in December 2017 to deliver new homes and jobs next to public transport.

“Kellyville and Bella Vista are on the doorstep of world-class public transport that will transform the region.

“We need a range of different types of housing to meet the needs of a growing and changing population so a mixture of housing supported by open space and the infrastructure is important,” he said.

The deputy mayor of the Hills Shire Council, Reena Jethi, said high-density developments created “a lot of stress on the roads” and those new areas needed to be “balanced and in sync” with the shire.

The draft plans are on public exhibition until November 26.

Megan Gorrey

Megan Gorrey is the Urban Affairs reporter at the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Bella Vista station precinct will include a town centre, school and thousands of homes in terraces and taller unit blocks.




120 PROPERTIES to be forcibly acquired for $20B METRO West Rail Line

MORE TUNNELLING and ANGST for the INNER WEST not only from WestCONnex under Lilyfield and Rozelle but from Five Dock to the Bays Precinct for METRO WEST!

MEANWHILE Sydney Olympic Park will have no major transport upgrade until 2030.

Melrose Park and Wentworth Point are exploding

10,000 more residents for Melrose Park; to impact neighbouring Ryde Electorate and inadequate infrastructure


‘VALUE CAPTURE’ to create the demand for services every two minutes. 

MTR Consortium is a Hong Kong Developer, and what it will mean are thousands of high-rise apartments built around the Metro Stations!

To benefit developers, their overseas clients and perhaps their Minions in Macquarie Street … to our detriment …

WHAT will happen to our existing Australian built trains, stations and rolling stock?

Will our stations be sold off for even more development?

Then will NSW INC sell off the new stations to more overseas investors looking to higher returns from ticket price increases?

DID you figure this would happen following the March 2019 Election?

JOHN SIDOTI the Member for Drummoyne appears to have had the benefit of what can be described as ‘insider trading’ … to date Mr Sidoti has only been referred to ICAC …

“Mr Ming is vice president of Southern Han International, a property development firm building $70 million residential towers in Rouse Hill near the newly completed Metro West train line.

Mr Sidoti has declared a 10 per cent interest in the Rouse Hill development through a family company called JAFS Investment Trust.

In a statement, Mr Sidoti denied any wrongdoing.”


SEARCH CAAN WEBSITE to find out more about John Sidoti, and compulsory acquisition and land amalgamation …

120 properties to be forcibly acquired for $20b Metro West rail line

Matt O'Sullivan
By Matt O’Sullivan

October 21, 2019

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Almost 120 properties will be forcibly acquired for construction of a $20 billion-plus metro rail line from Parramatta to the central city, which is now slated to be opened by 2030, about two years later than expected.

As foreshadowed by The Sydney Morning Herald, transport officials on Monday began informing owners of properties flagged for acquisition after the Berejiklian government announced the locations of seven stations along the Sydney Metro West rail line.

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and transport minister Andrew Constance announce seven new stations to be built for Sydney’s West Metro.Media companies launch campaign against government

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The stations will be built at Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Dock and the Bays Precinct at Rozelle.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the new line – most of which will run through tunnels – would more than double the rail capacity between Parramatta and Sydney’s CBD.

“This crucial project will reduce the journey between Parramatta and the city to around 20 minutes with trains running every two minutes,” she said.

The travel time for a journey from the CBD to Olympic Park will be 14 minutes.

Of the 116 properties to be acquired for the project, 23 are residential and 93 commercial businesses. The Bays Precinct will be the first site on which work will start because that is where tunnelling will commence. Tunnel boring machines are expected to start digging the line in 2022.

The government has yet to make a final decision on building metro stations at Pyrmont in the inner city, or Rydalmere, east of Parramatta, which have been dubbed “optional stations”.

It is also finalising the site of the station in Sydney’s CBD, which is expected to be under Hunter Street, linking Wynyard and Martin Place.

A turn-back site for trains will be needed in the central city. While that could be built at the CBD station, the government has not ruled out Zetland in the inner south as the site of a turn-back or a station.

Asked why the opening of the line was about two years later than expected, Transport Minister Andrew Constance said it could be completed earlier than 2030 but “we are setting a realistic expectation and, as always, this government will set about bettering it”.

So far, the Berejiklian government has committed $6.4 billion to Metro West over a four-year period. It declined to put a cost on the entire project, citing the need to retain “competitive tension” in the bidding process for contracts to build the project.


An artist's impression of an underground metro train station planned for Westmead

Sydney Metro approval clears way for exact locations of train stations

A large stabling yard and operations centre for the single-deck, driverless metro trains will be built at the Clyde and Rosehill industrial estate bounded by James Ruse Drive, the M4 motorway and Unwin and Shirley streets.

Metro West is effectively the third stage of the city’s metro rail network. The first stage known as Metro Northwest from Rouse Hill to Chatswood opened in May, and the second stage under Sydney Harbour and on to the CBD and Sydenham and Bankstown is due to be completed in 2024.

Labor leader Jodi McKay said the new timeline for completion of the project represented a “major broken promise” by the government.

“The tunnel boring machines are running a year late, the project at least two years late – and there is a massive funding black hole,” she said.

An artist's impression of Bella Vista station.
An artist’s impression of Bella Vista station.CREDIT:NSW GOVERNMENT

“With Parramatta light rail stage two all but axed, Olympic Park will have no major transport upgrade until 2030. Areas like Melrose Park and Wentworth Point are exploding and people have moved there on faith.”

Sydney Metro West station locations

Westmead: The eastern side of Hawkesbury Road, south of the existing Westmead station. The new station will have one entrance on Hawkesbury Road.

Parramatta: On the block bound by George, Macquarie, Church and Smith streets with an entrance on Horwood Place.

Sydney Olympic Park: To the south of the existing train station. It will sit to the east of Olympic Boulevard with the main station entrances between Herb Elliot Avenue and Figtree Drive, and off Dawn Fraser Avenue.

North Strathfield: Adjacent to the existing train station. New metro platforms will sit alongside the existing station and entry to the station would be from a new entrance on Queen Street.

Burwood North: At the corner of Burwood and Parramatta roads, with entrances on both the north and south sides of Parramatta Road.

Five Dock: Located off Great North Road, between East Street and then at the corner of Second Avenue and Waterview Street. The station entrance will be at Fred Kelly Place off Great North Road.

Bays Precinct: Located between Glebe Island and White Bay Power Station with an entrance to the south of White Bay.

Matt O’Sullivan

Matt O’Sullivan is the Transport Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.




LANDCOM Appoints Developer for SYDNEY METRO: Tallawong Station Housing Project

Expressions of interest were called by Landcom in March 2018 for 1000 plus homes …

Key Points …

Deicorp to develop the first two sites of the Tallawong station project

16 buildings on a 4.3-hectare mixed-use site

up to 1100 diverse housing options; approx 9000 sq m of retail, commercial and community uses

central public plaza and park

-up to 55 affordable housing options

-5% of all new dwellings will be reserved for affordable rental housing; managed by Bridge Housing Group

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CAAN Photo: Opening day Trial Run for Sydney Metro 26 May 2019. Huge crowd queued up at Tallawong Station to return they came from Chatswood, Macquarie Park, North Ryde … across Sydney

BACKGROUND information for you to consider and share with others …

April 2015:  The former Crowle Home site now a Deicorp Development at Meadowbank

November 2015 Deicorp The Developer of Redfern’s Block being sued for allegedly Shoddy Work in another Project

December 2015 … A resident of ‘Star Printery’ by Deicorp at Erskineville ordered to leave by her Doctor!

2016:  Hurstville Residents in Heritage Conservation Area lose battle against Developer

Hurstville Residents angry after Developer asks for two extra storeys

How the LNP & Developer Mates have depleted Western Sydney 2011 – 2018


Landcom Appoints Developer for Tallawong Station Housing Project


Landcom and Sydney Metro have appointed developer Deicorp to deliver the Tallawong station development, as part of plans that will see 11,000 new homes rolled out from Tallawong to Epping across the next 10 years.

The deal with Deicorp marks the first development partnership for Landcom and Sydney Metro on the Metro Northwest Places Program, after announcing an expressions of interest campaign in March last year.

‘Landcom Calls for Developer interest for 1000-plus Houses in Sydney’s West’

Following the competitive tender process, the partnership will see Deicorp develop the first two sites of the Tallawong station project, located 48 kilometres north-west of Sydney CBD, with construction slated to commence late 2020.

Transit Oriented Developments (TOD), the map shows Landcom's development locations in relation to the new Metro Northwest Rail.

Transit Oriented Developments (TOD), the map shows Landcom’s development locations in relation to the new Metro Northwest Rail.

“The Tallawong station sites are approved for up to 1100 diverse housing options and approximately 9000 sq m of retail, commercial and community uses as well as a central public plaza and park,” Landcom chief executive John Brogden said.

Landcom, the New South Wales government’s land and property development arm, also announced the Sydney Metro Tallawong station precinct would deliver up to 55 affordable housing options.

“Even in a declining market, housing affordability is still a major issue in Sydney,” he said.

“Landcom has a key role to play in providing affordable housing to workers on low-to-moderate incomes such as nurses aides, cleaners and maintenance workers.”

Five per cent of all new dwellings in the Tallawong station project will be reserved for affordable rental housing and managed by Bridge Housing Group, pegged to accommodate workers on low-to-moderate incomes.

An illustration of Tallawong Station precinct south

▲ An illustration of the Tallawong Station precinct. The major project will deliver 1100 new homes.

The partnership will see Deicorp, led by chief executive Fouad Deiri, deliver 16 buildings on a 4.3-hectare mixed-use site at the Tallawong precinct.

Deicorp has delivered transport-oriented developments in Sydney’s north west, and the South Village Kirrawee along with the Highline Project at Westmead.

The Tallawong Project is located in close proximity to The Ponds and one Metro stop from Rouse Hill Town Centre.

Residential offerings across the larger plan will include apartments and terrace style homes.

Tallawong's project map, in North West Sydney.

▲ Tallawong’s project map, in North West Sydney.

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CAAN Photo: The forest site captured by Landcom at Tallawong near the Metro Station.

Shame! Beautiful mysterious forest to be lost to ever more housing development targeting the overseas market


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IT always was about development … to deliver another 11 thousand holes in the wall …

The top stops along the new Metro Northwest line IT

  • The top stops along the new Metro Northwest line

The new rail line runs from the lower north shore suburb of Chatswood. Photo: Peter RaeIn partnership with

The top stops along the new Metro Northwest line


JUL 4, 2019

When Sydney’s Metro Northwest officially opened to customers in late May, it did more than simply represent the opening stage of a comprehensive transport initiative.

Starting at Chatswood and terminating at Tallawong, the ambitious $8.3 billion undertaking also marks a new era of direct rail access to some of the city’s lesser-known parts.

As Australia’s largest public transport project, the Metro now offers a turn-up-and-go rail service to outer suburbs including North Ryde, Epping, Cherrybrook, Castle Hill, Kellyville, and Rouse Hill.

The mayor of The Hills Shire, Michelle Byrne, says the possibilities offered by the new line will markedly transform the area for residents and visitors alike.

The newly opened Hills Showground Station in Castle Hill. Photo: Peter Rae

“You can already see changes happening in response to the Metro around the new stations,” Dr Byrne says. “Work has begun at Castle Towers to incorporate a major link between Castle Hill Station and the ground level of the shopping centre.

“And we’re creating a plan for the Castle Hill Showground that will transform it into a vibrant hub serving residents near Showground Station and the broader community.”

Then there’s the long list of attractions set to be delivered by the project’s associated Metro Northwest Places Program – an initiative that aims to create well-connected and vibrant places for people along the line to live, work, shop and play.

“The Metro Northwest Places Program will deliver up to 11,000 new homes, parks and public open spaces, and community facilities from Tallawong to Epping over the next 10 to 20-years,” says Scott Gregg, executive general manager of projects for the NSW Government’s land and property development organisation, Landcom.

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The Langston will bring 470 new apartments to Epping. Render: The Langston

“These are transit-oriented developments where communities are built around modern transport, recreation and retail centres,” he says. “The new communities that will grow along the Metro Northwest rail line will enjoy high-quality public open spaces, parks, cycling connections, walking paths, play spaces and sporting grounds that are easily accessible to all.

“These public spaces will serve to support everyone enjoying these new communities – from the residents that will call these places home, to the people working in and around the new employment hubs that will grow along the Metro Northwest rail line.”

Infrastructure improvements resulting from the transport project are already generating many knock-on benefits, rendering suburbs along the route even more attractive to property developers and buyers alike.

The Langston is a case in point. Located just a stone’s throw from the newly renovated Epping station and 18 kilometres north-west of Sydney, this under-construction 470-apartment development combines high-density living with vibrant public spaces.

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Residents of The Langston will have easy access to the new Metro line. Render: The Langston

Conceived as a landmark residential offering, The Langston will also incorporate retail outlets and cafes, thereby creating a vibrant central thoroughfare with paved walkways and landscaped gardens.

“People see the intrinsic value that infrastructure projects add to property, and with one of the best infrastructure projects in Sydney having just opened right on our doorstep, The Langston has a prime position,” says Tim Rees, senior director of CBRE, Residential.

“You’ve got views to the city and retail downstairs and you’re 100 metres from the Metro line and a couple of stops away from Chatswood. The new line is definitely creating a charge of owner-occupiers looking for that connectivity into the city.”

With the Sydney real estate market bereft of urgency, Rees says buyers are now taking three-to-six months to make purchasing decisions.

“Not only are they looking for value, but also the quality and the best position,” he explains. “So, you’re finding that triple A-located projects like ours are getting buyers in this market.

“It’s not just about transport. It’s also about proximity to retail, schools, parks and lifestyle features.”






HOW WONDERFUL SYDNEY!  But did you figure what will come with it?


MTR staff working to get the derailed trail back upright. Photo: Handout

MTR staff working to get the derailed trail back upright. Photo: Unlike the Sydney Metro NorthWest the tunnel appears wide; Engineers have raised warning about the narrow Sydney NorthWest Metro tunnel posing risk to life in the event of a crash or fire!

The Wings, a residential project by Sun Hung Kai Properties' above the Tseung Kwan O MTR station. Photo: Edward Wong

The Wings, a residential project by Sun Hung Kai Properties’ above the Tseung Kwan O MTR station. Photo: Edward Wong




We invite you to view our Website for numerous reports on what lays behind the new infrastructure of the SYDNEY METRO … it’s all about more development … with a World-wide market for Deve-lopers … their Oyster!

IS the Hong Kong Consortium MTR seeking a like opportunity across Sydney as in Hong Kong?

The LNP Policies remain facilitating this … with the FIRB Ruling allowing developers to sell overseas, and the Real Estate Gatekeepers have been exempted from Anti-Money Laundering Rules in 2018!

Previously with the NSW LNP the foundation for the Sydney Metro was sealed! As early as 2012 developers were able to buy access to a Minister … known as the Dark Lord and the Call of Cthulhu.  A Pro Developer Group known as the “Housing Supply Association” was launched by the Minister …

The Office of Strategic Lands administers the functions of the Corporation  … the Minister for Planning is incorporated as the Corporation!

The Sydney Metro Bill for High Rise passed in the Legislative Council … an extract from Dr Mehreen Faruqi.  She said, “This is neither a holistic approach to transport planning, nor is this value capture.

This is simply a ticket to massive overdevelopment where there are no measures or protections in place for established communities around these proposed metro stations.

Their absolute disregard for communities and democratic planning is galling.

This Government is ripping up the perfectly functional Sydenham to Bankstown rail line, which is publicly owned and operated, to build a metro and hand it over to private operators.”

NOW the Sydney Metro a property developer that happens to run trains … under the Transport Administration Amendment (Sydney Metro) Bill 2018

SYDNEY … we have been warned that the Metro is a death trap with narrow tunnels … view report from John Menadue!

There’s more … SEARCH for:

-Compulsory Acquisition & Land Amalgamation

-The Office of Strategic Lands

-The Sydney Metro Privatised for Development


Proposed rail projects are expected to boost real estate development by more than $28 billion over the next decadePhoto: Peter Rae

Australia’s new rail projects will deliver $28b+ in property development: CBRE




Sydney Metro Northwest LIVE: Driverless train passes first peak-hour test

The numbers are in on this morning’s Metro commute

By Matt O’Sullivan

Figures are in on the number of passengers using Sydney Metro Northwest this morning.

About 21,000 people hopped on or off a single-deck metro trains between the start of services at 4.45am and 10am.

The greatest number of people to use their Opal cards to tap on from the early morning to midday were at Epping station where 8080 did so, followed by Chatswood (4695), Macquarie University (2072) and Tallawong at the end of the line at Rouse Hill (1823).

However, Chatswood had the highest number of people using their cards to tap off at 9425, followed by Macquarie University (5875) and Epping (2368).

Interestingly, about half the passengers who rode on the driverless metro trains this morning did so to get to destinations along the north-west rail corridor, rather than hopping on double-deck Sydney Trains services to get to destinations further afield.

No Mondayitis for Sydney Trains chief

By Matt O’Sullivan

Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins was a happy chief controller this morning.

“We are really pleased with the service and the loadings on the trains,” he said at Chatswood station where he checked on how easily passengers switched from the driverless metro trains to double-deck Sydney Trains services during the morning peak.

Sydney Trains CEO Howard Collins at Chatswood station on Monday.
Sydney Trains CEO Howard Collins at Chatswood station on Monday. CREDIT:PETER RAE


“What was great to see was ordinary commuters use Sydney Metro,” he said.

“[Chatswood] and Epping have been quite busy but the interchanging has been excellent. People are spreading along the platforms.”

The verdict: New metro passes its first real test

The new Sydney Metro Northwest has passed its first real peak-hour test.

Trains along the new line were well-utilised on Monday morning (we’ll get the numbers for you later) and ran pretty smoothly, including at the crucial interchange points between the Metro and the double-decker train networks at Epping and Chatswood where there had been concerns about possible overcrowding if timetables didn’t line up.

Trains running every three minutes from Chatswood kept the platform clear between 8.30 and 9am on Monday.
Trains running every three minutes from Chatswood kept the platform clear between 8.30 and 9am on Monday. CREDIT:PETER RAE

Were you on a new peakhour train this morning? Let us know how your journey went in the comments.

Overshooting ‘normal’, says Sydney Metro

A Sydney Metro spokesman has responded to concerns from commuters about trains overshooting the correct positon on the platform and having to adjust their position before opening doors, saying it is a “normal” part of how the driverless trains operate.

“The metro trains are designed to adjust their position if required, moving forward and backwards to line up with the doors. This is normal and only takes a few moments. It’s due to the train’s rate of slowing varying, depending on passenger numbers and speed.”

Commuters already looking forward to Stage 2

By Matt O’Sullivan

Epping resident Julia Hood gave the thumbs up to the new metro services on her first ride, saying the driverless train she rode to Chatswood was “smooth, quick and easy”.

“Once it goes all the way to the city it will be better,” she said. “It will be the option of going the whole way on the train or changing here [at Chatswood].”

Commuter Julia Hood gives the Sydney Metro Northwest the thumbs up.
Commuter Julia Hood gives the Sydney Metro Northwest the thumbs up.CREDIT:PETER RAE


The second stage of the metro line from Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour to the CBD, and into Sydenham and Bankstown is due to be opened by 2024.

Train forced to reverse after overshooting platform

By Josh Dye

A train at Epping has been forced to reverse after overshooting the platform, resulting in a bit of an awkward wait for passengers – though it wasn’t as disruptive as the misalignment on Sunday that caused a 20 minute hold-up and flow-on delays.

On another positive note, check out the orderly commuter behaviour as people line up to the each side of the door! Full marks.

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Bit of an awkward wait while the train reverses to re-align the doors after slightly over-shooting the platform.

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One Cherrybrook commuter, Martin, said he was looking forward to the convenience and said the train was “so far so good”, but he was a bit frustrated at having to wait while the train reversed after it slightly overshot the platform.

“I think it must be a software issue. They should have noticed well before this – maybe it’s the load of so many people,” Martin said.

Other than that, he’s expecting the new train to save him 20-30 minutes each way as he commutes to and from the city.

‘Huge difference’: Metro getting positive response

By Josh Dye and Jenny Noyes

Paul Nijjar caught the train for the first time from Bella Vista this morning about 8.10. His reaction?

“It was awesome. It’s up there with Japan now,” he said.

Commuter Paul Nijjar caught his first Sydney Metro Northwest train on Monday.
Commuter Paul Nijjar caught his first Sydney Metro Northwest train on Monday.CREDIT:JOSH DYE

Mr Nijjar said it used to take about an hour and 20 minutes to get to work in Rhodes, but with the new metro it should be under an hour.

And we’ve got the final count for day 1

By Matt O’Sullivan

About 140,000 people took a trip on Sydney’s first driverless metro line on the opening day.

We bumped into the state’s secretary for Transport, Rodd Staples, at Chatswood station who told us yesterday was “an exceptional day” in terms of the sheer volume of train spotters who turned up for a ride.

Mr Staples, who was the architect of Sydney’s plans for metro lines, said the rail system was coping well on the first weekday in operation.

“There’s a healthy number of people using the system on the first day,” he said.

Premier sorry for first-day ‘glitch’

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian apologised for the “small glitch” on opening day where a train got stuck when its doors didn’t line up with the platform; but she said on the whole, things went really well.

“I hope today will be glitch free,” she told Nine’s Today Show on Monday.

“But you’d expect in the first few weeks and even months that it won’t be perfect. We are asking people to be patient and I want to thank everybody for their patience.”

When the newly-opened line reaches full operation, trains will run every four minutes each way during peak hour between Rouse Hill and Chatswood.

Epping and Chatswood feeling the squeeze

By Matt O’Sullivan and Josh Dye

We’re seeing some crowded platforms as trains pull in at two key stations, Epping and Chatswood.

Crowded platform at Epping around 8am.
Crowded platform at Epping around 8am. CREDIT:PETER RAE

But while the platforms are filling up with patrons, they are clearing out again once the trains stop and pick them up.

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Quite overcrowded at the bottom of the escalator at Epping Station

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SYDNEYsiders … how many of you are aware that the Metro is not Public Transport?

The Chatswood to Epping Line – which was an engineering Award winning project was sold out soon after the Liberals took control of NSW to the Hong Kong High-rise Developer, MTR Consortium!

Following which the line was expanded out to Rouse Hill and Tallawong

-a more suitable French design train was rejected despite it having double deck carriages

-the tunnels reduced in size so that double deck carriages could no longer be used!

WILL this be like Transurban to gouge $$ from Sydneysiders?

WHY do you figure the Real Estate Sector were made exempt from the second tranche of the Anti-Money Laundering rules in October 2018?

AND will it mean even more high-rise en route, and greater gridlock throughout the Ryde LGA as more and more people arrive from overseas?

SYDNEY METRO PR Team was on board the train(s) this morning but will not be able to cover up this report!

With all the Spin that there would be a train every few minutesCommuters haven’t given the Metro the tick of approval … having sat on the platform for more than half an hour!


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Sydney Metro debacle: Chaos on opening day of new driverless trains

Alex Chapman


Sydney Metro's new driverless train line's debut has been anything but smooth.
Sydney Metro’s new driverless train line’s debut has been anything but smooth.Image: Supplied


Passengers are slamming the new Metro Trains line as “broken” after experiencing massive delays on its first day.

The driverless northwest Sydney line project opened to the public on Sunday morning.

RELATED: New Sydney metro to open in May

But commuters haven’t given it the tick of approval, with many say they’ve been sitting on the platform for more than half an hour.



According to one commuter, Daniel, who asked for his surname to be withheld, delays spanned about 45 minutes.

“We got on at 1pm and were gonna do the full loop from Macquarie to Chatswood and back,” he told

“But the trains were shooting past the doors and then having to reverse back to line up.

“It’s a farce, I can’t get home.”

He got off at Chatswood and waited at the platform.

“The screen said it would take 15 minutes, but it never counted down and we ended up leaving after half an hour.”

The new driverless trains’ doors are supposed to line up with automatic glass screens to prevent people standing too close to the tracks.

Queues are forming along the strip where commuters can enter the Chatswood station.
Queues are forming along the strip where commuters can enter the Chatswood station.Image:Supplied


The line cost the state government more than $6 billion.

Sydney Trains have been contacted for comment.

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THE AUTHOR of this article is John Maconochie who holds a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours from the University of Melbourne.

He is an experienced Engineer, Investment Fund Manager, Project Developer and Electronic Platform Pioneer!


What the Sydney Metro website doesn’t tell you – as Mr Maconochie was informed by NSW Transport metro engineers at a meeting last year – is that the “customisation” for the Sydney Metro project is a considerate downsize from the standard-sized trains Alstom provides to other cities.

*This is due to the dangerously narrow tunnels.



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The Sydney Metro Northwest tunnels — death traps in the making

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Gladys Berejiklian and Sydney Metro have cut dangerous corners when it comes to emergency evacuation plans, writes John Maconochie.

IN THE EVENT OF a Metro train emergency – such as derailment, fire or deliberate sabotage – what chance does a passenger have of escaping through the Metro windscreen in the dark along with hundreds of other passengers?

Now imagine this passenger was faced by another three Metro trains barrelling down train tunnels behind them, just minutes apart at a speed of 100 kilometres per hour.

In 2013, NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian committed the NSW Government to the construction of the Sydney Metro Northwest (formerly the North West Rail Link). The project includes two tunnels, each 15 kilometres long, running automated driverless trains from Epping station. Each metro can carry up to 1,152 passengers into the Sydney Metro’s narrow tunnels.

What would an evacuation of these tunnels look like? There are two exits for 1,100 train passengers through the front and rear metro windscreens, with no evacuation staff present.

The tunnels are so tight, their walls would be mere centimetres away from the train windows. Locked side doors and radioed evacuation instructions may engender a panic-driven crowd to crush stampede towards the only exits. That situation cannot be simulated — such tests are known to have been suspended on safety grounds.

Up to three following trains (totalling up to 3,456 passengers) could barrel along in the tunnels behind at up to 100 kilometres per hour. No-one can be “asleep at the wheel” of the driverless train. The vaunted Urbalis signalling system – which minimises the time trains are stopped at stations and regulate the four-minute interval between each speeding train – needs to work perfectly every day.

A Metro derailment, or traction motor, or even gearbox fire, in these tunnels could cause concertinaed wreckage or toxic gases.

What are the chances for 1,100 passengers, including mothers with prams, the aged and infirm, with all their shopping and travelling paraphernalia, in that scenario?

Meanwhile, passengers must remain inside the train carriages because their move onto the 0.8 metre-wide side walkaway through unlocked side doors could cause larger-sized people to be crushed inside the tight kinematic envelope space between the train and the small tunnel walls.

In the six-kilometre-long tunnel between Epping and Cherrybrook stations, no trackside ground level UK-type counterflow walkways exist for emergency and rescue workers. That would have enabled the carriage doors on both train sides to open for direct trackside/walkway passenger escape.

As for the proposed sky trainEvacuating passengers must walk along the tracks up to 13 metres above ground – day or night, in any weather – four kilometres between Bella Vista and Rouse Hill stations after exiting through the front windscreen.

The current safety measure It’s time we examined the desperate scramble to retrospectively jam implausible passenger safety into Sydney Metro’s tight tunnels. We need to take a closer look at Northwest Rapid Transit’s (NRT) detrainment safety risk assessment process and the window dressing “accreditation” from the National Rail Safety Regulator (NRSR).

In June 2017, Premier Berejiklian doubled down, inexplicably authorising the same tunnel design for the Sydney Metro Stage 2 that will run underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

*This decision certainly guaranteed Sydney Metro independence from the existing Sydney Rail, because the tunnels are just too small to run their double-decker trains.

*Sydney Metro safety has been outsourced to NRT to insulate Transport for NSW from responsibility, while also blunting union opposition to driverless trains.

*Safety questions are habitually conflated with the existing and wider Epping to Chatswood Rail Link tunnels possibly in an attempt to bestow some legitimacy on the Metro’s tighter tunnels.

*Passenger evacuation safety could and should have been determined at the original design stage to avoid putting the Metro cart before the horse.

*I believe the NRSR safety accreditation isn’t enough. The NRSR is apparently being pressured to retrospectively accredit the Sydney Metro’s safety plan. Plainly, it is not an independent assessment on its merits.

So here we have a situation where the Government prioritises spending on rebuilding two footy stadiums over metro safety.

Chairman of Infrastructure AustraliaMark Birrell, noted the Government’s urgent need for ‘long-term vision’ — and without it, they’re likely to stuff up future projects such as the high-speed east coast rail.

The Sydney Metro website suggests the trains being built by Alstom for the project are the same as those ‘used in 25 cities including metros in Singapore, Barcelona and Amsterdam’ with some customisations.

*What the website doesn’t tell you – as I was informed by NSW Transport metro engineers at a meeting last year – is that the “customisation” for the Sydney Metro project is a considerate downsize from the standard-sized trains Alstom provides to other cities.

*This is due to the dangerously narrow tunnels.

NSW MP and Engineer Dr Mehreen Faruqi has persistently raised concerns about Sydney Metro, particularly the privatisation of Sydney’s transport systems and their increased likelihood of inefficiency. 

Faruqi had also suggested that the Government, by outsourcing safety, is in breach of a duty of care it owes to the public.

Sydney Metro trains cannot match aircraft U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s emergency standards that require a full evacuation of passengers and crew to be completed in under 90 seconds using half the available exits.

This Government-mandated Metro roulette is risking thousands of lives. Sydney Metro users are now condemned to 50-odd years of riding a dangerous Metro death trap.

It also reduces any possibility for any future fast rail through central Sydney.
Dwight Eisenhower ran the D-Day landings in Europe before his election as 34th U.S. President.

In a 1957 speech, Eisenhower stated that:

“Plans are worthless, but planning is everything. There is a very great distinction, because when you are planning for an emergency, you must start with this one thing: the very definition of “emergency” is that it is unexpected, therefore it is not going to happen the way you are planning.”

The precise problem with Sydney Metro’s safety plan is that any incidents are assumed to happen exactly as planned.

Sydney Metro’s trains won’t always be able to be brought into stations for passengers to detrain if necessary. Complex electro-mechanical devices (such as driverless trains) don’t actually always work perfectly.

Meanwhile, the Sydney Metro website proudly proclaims:

‘… safety of customers is the number one priority.’

John Maconochie holds a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours from the University of Melbourne. He is an experienced engineer, investment fund manager, project developer and electronic platform pioneer.

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