New Western Sydney Airport rail line to begin construction this year

Monica Gameng   |   September 20, 2020

A new rail line servicing the Greater Western Sydney region as well as the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport is now closer to becoming a reality as the New South Wales Government announces the station locations for the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project. 

“The Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project will support 14,000 jobs, including 250 apprentices and inject billions of dollars to the NSW and Australian economies. 

“Where we are standing today will become a major new transport interchange, right in the heart of the future central business district for the Western parkland City,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said. 

Construction on this significant transport infrastructure – estimated to be valued at $11 billion – is expected to commence later this year, which will support the economy and local jobs. 

“This city-shaping investment is being fast-tracked to help our economy recover from COVID-19 and deliver a major stimulus right in the heart of Western Sydney. 

“Western Sydney residents will reap the benefits of this investment well before the first train leaves the station,” Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said. 

The new 23-kilometre driverless railway line will include six new metro stations at: 

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

 

In addition to the announcement of the new station locations, the tender to deliver a 10-kilometre twin Metro railway tunnels has also been released to market and registrations of interest is now underway. 

“Construction starts later this year on a project that will become the transport spine for the Western Parkland City. 

“The new railway will link residential areas with jobs hubs, and connect travellers from the new airport with the rest of Sydney’s public transport network,” Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said. 

According to NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres, this project set to become a game changer for the region. 

“This will provide the backbone for the economic and broader development of the Western Parkland City,” Mr Ayres said. 

Both the Australian and NSW Governments are working together in preparation for the opening of the new Western Sydney Airport. 

“The huge investment in Western Sydney Infrastructure projects is creating an interconnected city that will enable innovation, support growth and create jobs to build an exciting future for Western Sydney,” Federal Member for Lindsay Melissa McIntosh said. 

These Western Sydney developments are key to the Western Sydney City Deal – a 20-year agreement that was signed in March 2018 by the Commonwealth and NSW Governments as well as eight Western Sydney councils. 

Source: Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure; Sydney Metro (1, 2); The Urban Developer 

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