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New Harbour Rail Line Will Take MINUTES To Get Into The City

It was announced today that Sydney will be getting a second harbour rail crossing, after the NSW government signed a $2.81 billion contract for the project.

This new rail line will be built underneath Sydney Harbour and will form part of the 66 km Sydney Metro project, which is set to run from Sydney's northwest all the way through to the southwest.

As part of this project, we will see the introduction of a number of new stations, which are expected to ease the crowds on the current train network.

These stations will be located at Barangaroo and Pitt St Mall.

NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian spoke about the convenience we will see from the new harbour rail crossing saying,

"Today's historic milestone unlocks a generational change to the way people will get around Sydney.

"The scale of this project and what it will do for the ease and speed of travelling across Sydney is hard to comprehend."

The contract stated that preliminary work has already begun in the areas surrounding the harbour, with boring machines expected to begin digging the tunnel by the end of next year.

The tunnel will be 15.5km in length, reaching from Chatswood through to Sydenham.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance also spoke about the new rail line saying,

"When services through the City start in 2024, the tunnels will move more people than the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel combined."

Tunneling is expected to be completed by 2021 and from there the tracks will be laid.

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