Sydney Metro Northwest

“New levels of amenity and access for Sydney’s newest metro rail line”







Design Partners

Hassell / Vert Design

Scope of Work

Deliver, Detail, Develop, Discover


Executive Summary

Overseen by Transport for NSW, Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT) is responsible for the design and delivery of Sydney’s new generation metro train network. As part of their expansive brief, Fleetwood won a competitive tender to deliver a series of custom shelters and public furniture installations in multiple sites across the NRT network. The large and often complex project saw us work closely with NRT design partners Hassell and Vert Design.


Fleetwood Involvement

Post awarding of the project, Fleetwood was heavily involved in fine-tuning the concepts created by Vert Design. This included providing extensive budget testing and rationalising of the concepts in preparation for construction and installation. Once these were approved, Fleetwood was responsible for all shop detailing, manufacturing and installation on-site.

More Project Information


The concept vision created by Vert Design called for concealed welded connections on the post uprights and the ability to incorporate large amounts of CCTV wiring and video portals. The roof structures also needed to be designed in a way that could be delivered economically. Drainage was another major consideration.


The project required our crews to work at multiple sites across the NRT network, often with very limited access to station platforms. Controlling heights needed to be very carefully considered, while a further complication was the fact many of the footings had been constructed by other contractors.


Fleetwood created a bespoke concealed welding method to deliver the desired look for the post uprights. The structures were also designed in such a way that the elements were interchangeable to create greater economies.


  • Feature posts with concealed welding
  • Profiled Australian hardwood seats

  • Mild steel
  • Non marine Grade Paint System
  • Spotted gum
  • Stainless steel

There were many risks to be managed. These included the roof height of the shelters, the type and quality of glass used, ensuring the height and angle of seats met Australian safety standards, and always being conscious of eliminating any potential for pinch points.


All timber was sourced from sustainably-grown Australian hardwood forests.


The NRT metro is delivering massive social benefits to communities across Sydney’s north-west. As important pieces of infrastructure within the stations that service the new rail line, the public shelters and furniture play a key role in enhancing access to the new network, ensuring a smooth and seamless experience.


As part of a major public infrastructure project, ongoing community engagement was undertaken by TfNSW, the NSW Government and the Joint Venture Construction company.


The functional and attractive structures provide important amenity and access points, allowing NRT commuters to interact with the outdoors and providing an enhanced commuter experience.