The New South Wales Government has granted planning approval for the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project, with major construction to commence soon.
Early works started on Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport in December 2020. Major work will start in the coming months, with the tunnelling contract awarded by the end of the year and tunnel boring machines in the ground by the end of 2023.
The Federal and NSW governments are jointly delivering the 23-kilometre metro railway and six stations between St Marys and the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, including two stations at the airport.
New South Wales Transport and Roads Minister Andrew Constance said the 23-kilometre driverless metro will service western Sydney and the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, delivering major benefits for the region.
“This city-shaping infrastructure will deliver a vital boost to the NSW economy, with the construction of Sydney’s newest Metro rail line expected to support around 14,000 jobs, including 250 apprentices,” Constance said.
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“Community feedback has helped shape the Metro project, including introducing measures to further reduce parking impacts on local communities and the relocation of a temporary bus interchange.”
Federal Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and Arts Minister Paul Fletcher said the approvals are a major step forward for the new Metro rail line, which will transform the way western Sydney connects to the rest of the city.
“Once operational, the new Metro is expected to transport up to 7,740 passengers each hour in each direction, while also taking about 110,000 vehicles off local roads every day, significantly reducing local traffic,” Fletcher said.
NSW Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Minister Stuart Ayres said the project will provide the backbone for further development of the Western Parkland City.
“It will take just five minutes to travel from the airport to the Aerotropolis, about 15 minutes from the airport to St Marys and 20 minutes from the Aerotopolis to St Marys – where customers can connect to the rest of Sydney’s rail network,” Ayres said.
“The initial operating capacity will see trains travelling in both directions every five minutes during peak periods, so customers won’t need a timetable – they’ll just be able to turn up and go.”