The entire deck of Sydney Metro’s 4km elevated skytrain is now locked in place high in the air between Bella Vista and Rouse Hill, with the last massive concrete segment lifted and fixed in position.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance said the skytrain sits an average 9m in the air alongside Windsor Road and Old Windsor Road, with new metro trains to run on it every four minutes in the peak.
“This is a big milestone for Australia’s biggest public transport project and gets us one step closer to metro services running in the booming North West of Sydney,” Mr Constance said.
“Every massive concrete segment that makes up the Sydney Metro skytrain is now in place and connected, and soon we’ll see tracks being laid and overhead wiring going into place.”
As part of the skytrain construction process:
- 1,128 massive concrete segments were lifted an average 9m into the air to form the skytrain deck;
- Each segment weighed between 56 tonnes and 147 tonnes;
- 80,000 tonnes of concrete was used for the skytrain deck – the equivalent of 81 Olympic swimming pools of concrete;
- The segments were tensioned tight internally with about 1,400km of steel cables.
Two huge white 600 tonne horizontal cranes did the heavy lifting, and they will now be dismantled.
The skytrain deck sits on 120 concrete piers and already more than 4,600 people have worked on the structure. Work continues on the new 270m long railway bridge over Windsor Road at Rouse Hill at the end of the skytrain, which will take new metro services to the new Cudgegong Road station.
Source: NSW Government