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‘It passed with flying colours’: Sydney’s new metro line to open in a matter of months

Voters will have to wait until after the state election to try out Sydney’s new metro train line.

The $8.3-billion north-west metro has completed its first test run along the full 36-kilometre route from Rouse Hill to Chatswood.

Australia’s first driverless trains are being touted as quicker, safer and more reliable.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance tells Luke Grant the project is half a billion dollars under budget but won’t be open to the public until about May.

“It does take a number of months to commission a train, get it tested, make sure it’s fully safe for commuters to ride.

“We said that we’d have it open in the middle of the year and it’ll be a couple months ahead of that,” says the Minister.

The new line has the capacity for trains to arrive every two minutes but will start out conservatively.

“It passed with flying colours in terms of its first test.

“We’re going to start the system with a train every four minutes.”

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