Innovation on the Sydney Metro Northwest – Driverless Trains?

Posted on 21 May 2019

Construction on the Northwest train service is finally wrapped up and commuters can expect to use the new network as of next week. This network is the first to utilise the new generation of driverless trains. The 36km line from Tallawong Station to Chatswood is set to open on Sunday May 26th and includes eight new stations and five upgraded stations. Once the line reaches full operation, trains will arrive every four minutes during peak periods.

The 22 new driverless trains have undergone vigorous testing and tests will continue before they are released for public use.

4,000 new commuter parking spaces have also been added to accommodate for an influx of public transport use following the upgrades, including 125 disability spaces. Signs and sensors will be included with the ability to indicate when the carparks have nearly reached capacity.

The Sydney Metro website has indicated that the high-frequency driverless trains are some of the most advanced in the planet, and will aim for timetables to be adhered to within a fraction of a second.