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Sydney Metro Shadow Operator


Since September 2020, Ricardo has been acting as 'Shadow Operator' during the construction of two separate extensions of Sydney's metro system.


As Shadow Operator, our experts will provide the construction and design teams with guidance and observations that reflect the needs of the eventual operations and maintenance contractor. This will include advice on infrastructure and the development of operations and maintenance planning.

For this assignment, we will be assisted by Seoul Metro, who will offer direct experience of operating a fully automated railway on a day-to-day basis.

When the time comes to appoint the eventual operator for the routes - which tends to be at a later stage in the development plan - our teams will support a handover process that ensures there are no delays as the project moves towards the early testing stages.



Sydney Metro West will be a new 25km underground line from Greater Parramatta to the city's central business area. Featuring seven new stations (with others proposed) this will include a station for Sydney Olympic Park, the city's main sporting and entertainment district.

Meanwhile, the Western Sydney Airport link will connect the terminal of the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport - currently in development - to St Marys station on the existing T1 North Shore & Western Line. Along its 23km route there will be six metro stations.

As with the metro's existing route between Tallawong and Chatswood, both lines will have fully automated driverless operation (GoA4).


Sydney Metro

Key Services

Shadow operations
Systems integration
Operations and maintenance

Start and end dates

09/2020 - 12/2024


Australia, Sydney

Operations and maintenance
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