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NSW Premier’s ‘sentimental’ voyage on Metro line

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian (centre), Minister for Transport Andrew Constance (right) and Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly (left) take the first ride on a Sydney Metro train from Tallawong to Norwest in Sydney. Courtesy: AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Nine years after coming up with the idea, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian finally had the opportunity to ride Australia’s first driverless train.

Planning for the Northwest Metro first began when Ms Berejiklian was Shadow Transport Minister and today, she was one of the first people to board her pet project.

I can confess it was quite a sentimental moment the Premier said on board today.

What we’ve experienced today is a taste of what commuters will get, and I think they’ll be blown away.

The Northwest Metro runs smoothly at speeds of up to 100 km/h and has been completed on time and under budget.

Never ever has that happened in the history of NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said.

The ‘turn up and go’ service runs from Tullawong to Chatswood and tunnelling has already begun on the second stage of the Metro – linking the line at Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour, to the Inner West and meeting up with the existing South West Rail Line which will be converted to Metro under the Coalition.

While the line is working, it is still in the testing phase, so voters won’t be able to ride it until after they decide who they vote for this weekend.

Today’s maiden trip was the closest Ms Berejiklian will come to cutting a ribbon before Saturday’s election and Sydney’s existing train problems are still causing headaches with delays and urgent repairs flagged at Redfern.

The government wants to talk about more Metros that might be built in 50 years, people want the rail system fixed now Labor leader Michael Daley said.