$11bn Western Sydney Airport rail project to begin works this year

Monica Gameng   |   June 2, 2020

New South Wales’ $11 billion Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport rail project is anticipated to begin construction this year as the massive transport project secures a $3.5 billion investment under a new agreement between the Australian and State Governments. 

This significant project will create thousands of jobs and provide a long-term economic boost to the New South Wales and Western Sydney economies as the State recovers from the current pandemic. 

“This new Metro and the new airport will deliver billions of dollars and thousands of jobs to Western Sydney, while establishing the infrastructure needed now and into the future. 

“Getting work started on this project and many other infrastructure projects across New South Wales and Australia is critical to my government’s JobMaker program as we rebuild the economy during COVID-19,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. 

The Sydney Metro airport rail line is going to be delivered in time for the opening of the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport in 2026, and it will be servicing the greater Western Sydney region. 

This project is also a key part of the State’s significant $100 billion infrastructure pipeline. 

“Now more than ever we need project that provide jobs to support families and this project is major economic stimulus right in the heart of Western Sydney. 

“The opportunities this mega project will provide are vital as our economy recovers from the financial impact of the COVID-19,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said. 

GW project alignment mapSource: Sydney Metro

The multi-billion-dollar Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport development is proposed to include six metro railway stations, including: 

  • Two station within the airport site – at the airport terminal and at the airport business park 
  • A station serving the commercial heart of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis 
  • A station at St Marys, interchanging with the existing suburban railway station and connecting customers with the rest of Sydney’s rail system 
  • A station at Orchard Hills 
  • A station at Luddenham to service a future education, innovation and commercial precinct 

“This project will support 14,000 jobs, bringing new opportunities for the people of Western Sydney, closer to home. 

“It represents an economic stimulus in the middle of Western Sydney, supporting jobs for electricians, carpenters, plumbers, tunnellers, surveyors, crane and forklift operators and truck drivers,” Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said. 

Support for the development of the new airport at Badgerys Creek and Aerotropolis is a vital part of the Western Sydney City Deal – which is a 20-year agreement signed by the Commonwealth and NSW Governments as well as eight Western Sydney councils in March 2018. 

“The Metro Western Sydney Airport project will be a game-changer for the region, providing the backbone for the economic and broader development,” NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said. 

Once built, the new rail line will service the greater Western Sydney region as well as the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport. 

“This new metro railway line will become the transport spine for the region, connecting travellers from the new airport to the rest of Sydney’s public transport system,” NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said. 

The Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales Governments on an equal basis under the Western Sydney City Deal. 

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Source: Minister for Population, Cities and Urban InfrastructureThe Urban Developer; Sydney Metro (1, 2); Greater Sydney Commission 

Monica Gameng
As Felix's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1,000 posts. She truly is an industry expert.
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