A further $3.5 billion has been committed to the Western Sydney Airport rail line under a new agreement between the Federal and New South Wales Government, with construction set to begin this year.
The $11 billion project will include six proposed metro stations, including two within the airport site at the terminal and at the airport business park. A station will be built to serve the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and at St Marys, interchanging with the existing suburban railway station and connecting customers with the rest of Sydney’s rail system. Additionally, a station will be built at Orchard Hills and Luddenham to service a future education, innovation and commercial precinct.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the investment was a further demonstration of the government’s commitment to transforming Western Sydney into an economic and jobs powerhouse.
“It also demonstrates our partnership approach to creating jobs with the New South Wales Government. Working with state governments on bringing forward and investing even more in major infrastructure projects is central to our JobMaker plan to restore our economy,” Morrison said.
“Construction is already well underway on the airport, and later this year works will start on this new Metro service which will link the suburbs of Western Sydney to the rest of Sydney.”
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Morrison said getting work started on this and many other infrastructure projects across NSW and Australia, is critical to the federal government’s JobMaker program as the economy is rebuilt.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Sydney Metro, Western Sydney Airport was a key part of the state’s record $100 billion infrastructure pipeline.
“Now more than ever we need projects that provide jobs to support families and this project is major economic stimulus right in the heart of western Sydney,” Berejiklian said.
“The opportunities this mega project will provide are vital as our economy recovers from the financial impact of the COVID-19.”
Western Sydney Airport Chair Paul O’Sullivan said construction of the airport and its supporting road and rail projects was set to inject $20 billion worth of new infrastructure into the Western Sydney region.
“Western Sydney International is a once-in-a-generation project that is already proving to be the catalyst for the transformation of Western Sydney,” O’Sullivan said.
“Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport will not only ensure that the Airport is connected to the city’s rail network, it will complement the Airport’s ability to create economic growth and opportunities for the region, creating jobs for the people of Western Sydney and providing new ways for people to get around.”
O’Sullivan said the new toll-free M12 motorway will help to ensure the airport is connected to Sydney’s motorway network and give passengers a choice about how they would like to arrive at the airport.
“For the first time in Sydney, Western Sydney International will provide airlines and passengers with a choice about which airport they want to use.”
The Sydney Metro, Western Sydney Airport is being funded equally by the Federal and New South Wales Governments under the Western Sydney City Deal. The $5.3 billion Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport is being fully funded by the Federal Government.
The rail line is expected to be ready in time for the opening of the airport in 2026.