Transport for New South Wales (NSW) has announced the start of track laying on Sydney Metro in Australia.

For the A$8.3bn ($6.3bn) Sydney Metro project, almost 5km of railway tracks have been laid and more than 5,000 sleepers are in place.

So far, 13,000t of rock ballast has been laid, in addition to installation of more than 2.5km of overhead wiring.

NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said: “Sydney Metro is taking shape before our eyes, with 5km of steel laying the foundation for our newest railway that will grow with our city.

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“By the end of the project, 19km of steel will be laid at the site, and 108km of railway steel will be used across the entire Sydney Metro Northwest project. 

“Millions of trains will run down these tracks over 100 years, changing the face of Sydney and making trips easier and faster for commuters across the city.”

"Millions of trains will run down these tracks over 100 years, changing the face of Sydney."

Work is also progressing on maintenance building at the Sydney Metro Train Facility at Rouse Hill, which will serve as the new headquarters for Sydney Metro operations once services begin in the first half of 2019.

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This facility will house the operations centre for the new fully automated standalone metro railway.

Sydney Metro is expected to begin services in 2019, with a total of 22 metro trains located on-site.

Stage 2 of Sydney Metro is set to become operational in 2024, including under Sydney Harbour and through the CBD.

Sydney Metro railway will deliver 31 metro stations and more than 65km of new metro rail.

Image: Sydney Metro track laying. Photo: courtesy of NSW Government.