The day has finally arrived where Sydneysiders will be able to experience the new Sydney Metro line that will be opening on Sunday May 26 this year. The metro line has opened up 8 new stations and upgraded 5 current stations, bringing it to a total of 13 stations that the metro services will be operating between.
The metro lines will be operated by driverless trains, so you won’t have to worry about waiting, as there’ll be frequent services that will take you from Tallawong Station in Rouse Hill, to Chatswood Station.
These metro services can be paid for with your Opal card so you don’t need to concern yourself with having to purchase a new card or ticket in order to ride this train. The fares will also be the same as the current Sydney Trains service fares.
However, as this new line hasn’t reached full capacity, there will be a late night bus service that will travel to each metro station in the place of the trains. This bus service is available from Sunday-Wednesday and stop running at 1:20am in the morning. This is a temporary service that will run until late 2019 so that work on the Sydney Metro line can continue until it’s fully operational.
In addition to these new services, there is also an On Demand bus service that will pick you up from a designated spot close to your home and drop you at your closest metro station. Be careful about travelling now, as the Sydney Metro service has seen a number of changes being made to existing bus and train services. Some are more notable than others, such as stops being changed and added to the general route. Others are just a name change, such as the formerly T1 Northern Line being renamed the T9 Northern Line. The T2 Inner West and Leppington line will also have stops added to its 00:18 and 00:48 services from the T9 Northern Line, including North Strathfield, Rhodes, Eastwood and Epping.
There are some benefits to Sydney Metro opening up. There will now be 4000 new parking spaces that will be available for commuters. Over 300 bike storage spaces are also being added and 130 kiss and ride stands for those who are picking up or dropping off people. This will help commuters who can’t walk to their closest station and need to drive or cycle. However, this may prove to be a little tight in terms of the ratio of drivers to parking spaces available. For those who don’t want to circle the block numerous times in the hopes that someone will vacate their spot, marketplaces like Spacer and Parkhound can help you find a space around the station so you don’t have to do the searching anymore, you can simply drive and park in your rented parking space.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance predicts that an extra 10,000 commuters will be passing through Chatswood Station upon the opening of Sydney Metro. In order to combat the estimated morning and evening crush, existing line trains will operate every 3 minutes to avoid too much of a delay on the platform from overcrowding.