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Approval of a bulk power supply connection point at the south-eastern end of the Sydney Metro Northwest has not yet been completed. According to Sydney Metro, the most suitable supply for the Sydney Metro Northwest at the south-eastern end has been identified as Ausgrid’s Willoughby Subtransmission Substation (STS). The proposal is therefore required to provide a dedicated 33kV connection between the Ausgrid Willoughby STS and the Sydney Metro Northwest (at Chatswood North/Roseville) in order to meet the reliable supply of electricity requirements.
As shown in the diagram, six options were considered by Sydney Metro. (Option 6 was an aerial version of option 1). The rest of the options involve the laying of an underground cable. Their preferred option is option 5 (Red option).
The laying of a 33,000 kva cable will have a number of local impacts such as noise, dust and construction traffic.From a West Ward centric perspective, the further the works are from West Ward, the less impact their will be on West Ward residents.Options 4 & 3 (Pacific Highway) and Option 2 (Rail corridor) could impact West Ward residents. Options 1, 5 & 6 are generally removed from West Ward.
Willoughy Council commissioned Advisian to undertake a route option review of the proposals. In Council’s view, Option 2 using the rail corridor is preferred. However, both Advisian and Council have requested more analysis of potential impact of all options.
West Ward Progress Association should consider it future position on this matter.
It is anticipated that the EIS will be placed on public exhibition in the middle of this year. The Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) will place the EIS on public exhibition for a minimum of 30 days, this is a requirement under Section 115Z of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
During exhibition the Department of Planning & Environment will seek feedback from the community, businesses, regulators and other interested stakeholders on the proposals. I have attached a factsheet with details of this process. More information is available herehttps://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/understanding-planning/assessment-systems/state-significant-infrastructure.
Buses will replace trains between Epping and Chatswood for around seven months from late 2018 for works to upgrade this section of the railway to metro operations. Sydney Metro Northwest will open to customers in the first half of 2019 and based on the current schedule Sydney Metro City and Southwest (Chatswood to the city, and to Bankstown) will open to customers in 2024.