Sydney Metro Northwest Rolling Stock Technical Advisors

At a Glance

  • Client(s)
  • Transport for New South Wales
  • Project Location(s)
  • Sydney, Australia
LTK-designed railcarGrand design. 

The $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest, formerly known as the North West Rail Link, is the first stage of Sydney Metro – Australia’s largest public transportation project. It includes eight new metro stations, five existing stations upgraded to metro standards and 4,000 commuter car parking spaces.

Service on the first driverless trains in Australia began on May 26, 2019. Trains will run every four minutes during peak periods – 15 trains an hour – delivered by a fleet of 22 fully-automated, single-level, six-car trains based on Alstom’s Metropolis design. All stations will be equipped with fully automated platform screen doors. Platforms will accommodate train lengths up to eight cars.

LTK Australia is part of the rolling stock design review team, advising TfNSW and providing input for the independent certifier on design compliance.

LTK Australia is also tasked with reviewing train aspects of network systems engineering, including interface management, RAMS, fire and life safety, traction power distribution, electromagnetic capability, and acoustics. LTK Australia’s team also reviewed the new maintenance depot design submissions for rolling stock interface aspects, particularly the train wash plant, lifting and bogie exchange equipment, underfloor wheel lathe and track maintenance vehicles.

With expertise in rolling stock design, systems integration, infrastructure interfaces, manufacturing, testing, and commissioning, as well as knowledge of operations and maintenance, LTK Australia’s staff is well-equipped for the challenges of the project.

Stage 2 of the project will extend the line from the Sydney Metro Northwest Chatswood’s station by building twin tunnels under Sydney Harbour and connecting with new central business district stations, and beyond, to the southwest. Services are expected to start in 2024.

Sydney Metro will deliver 31 metro stations and more than 65km of new metro rail.

LTK Capabilities Used on This Project