Sydney Metro Northwest set to come in $380m under budget

The Sydney Metro Northwest rail project is due to be at least US$380m under its original budget of $6.30bn when it opens for business in the first half of 2019.

The 52.5km project is the first stage of the Sydney Metro, Australia’s biggest public transport development, which is due to cost more than $15.8bn in total.

Work on the project has taken 22 months, with 105km of steel rail installed in the twin 15km tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping, on the 4km Sky Train between Bella Vista and Rouse Hill, and at Sydney Metro headquarters at Rouse Hille North West.

Gladys Berejiklian, the premier of New South Wales, said: "Project costs are constantly refined during the construction process and, through good management, we’ve been able to realise significant savings."

The Sydney Metro will extend into the Sydney central business district and Bankstown in 2024 and will have a total of 31 metro stations when complete.

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