NSW Premier Gladys Berjiklian joined the Kyle and Jackie O show and of course a major topic of discussion was the new Northwest Metro that will be opening this weekend.
The Northwest Metro forms part of Australia’s first ever metro system that will see driverless trains provide public transport for Sydneysiders every few minutes.
And by the sounds of it, we could see this line one day operating on a 24 hour basis!
While the metro is due to only operate until about 11PM at night after opening, our newsreader Brooklyn Ross asked Gladys this morning if we would one day see it operating throughout the night.
Gladys said that while it won’t happen immediately, it is a possibility for the future.
“I don’t think that the Metro is going to be operating all night to start with, will it ever go all night?” Brooklyn asked.
“Yeah so initially we’re going to do five minutes in the peak and then ramp it up to four minutes in the peak, and it will go I think until about 10 or 11 at night,” Gladys began.
“But as people get used to it and as the demand increases we will look at having very long, or obviously longer hours.”
Brooklyn pointed out that because there are no train drivers required to work on the metro that it could keep going 24/7.
“Correct,” Gladys continued.
“When there’s more people using it in the future and the population goes up you can [also] make it every two minutes. We’ve built it for the future and you can literally carry 18,000 in each direction in the peak, which is pretty exciting,” she concluded.