Sydney underground railways

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Sydney, Australia has several sections of underground railway. These sections of railway are extensions of suburban main line services and are not a completely segregated true metro system. The underground sections, especially the City Circle, typically have frequent services. The railways are run by CityRail, an agency of the government of New South Wales.


Underground lines

Sydney has four underground lines.

  • The oldest is the main city loop, the City Circle, which runs between Central, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, St. James station and Museum stations. Central and Circular Quay are above-ground stations (Circular Quay is elevated, directly underneath the Cahill Expressway), while the remainder are below ground. The City Circle was built in stages. The first stations to open were St. James and Museum, in 1926. Next was the "western limb" through Town Hall and Wynyard, which opened in 1932, in conjunction with the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This section contains four tunnels. Two connect to the Harbour Bridge, while the other two terminated at Wynyard. In 1956 the dead ends at St. James and Wynyard were joined and Circular Quay was opened.
  • The second, the Eastern Suburbs line, opened in 1979. It runs between Redfern, Central, Town Hall, Martin Place, Kings Cross, Edgecliff, Woollahra (Unused Platforms) and Bondi Junction stations. All these are underground, but there are three above-ground sections, two on viaduct and one in cutting. Most of the platforms at Redfern and Central stations are above ground, including the platforms for the City Circle, but the Eastern Suburbs line is underground. Originally the line was to extend to Kingsford but was finished at Bondi Junction due to a lack on money.[citation needed] There were later plans to extend the Eastern Suburbs line from Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach, but the plans have since fallen through.

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