From Premier’s Desk


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We’re building better public transport links right across Sydney and it was great to announce our next major project – a new underground metro railway for Western Sydney.

Sydney is experiencing an unrivaled public transport building boom and the Sydney Metro West will help secure the long-term future of Western Sydney and Australia’s global city.

Sydney Metro West will provide a direct connection from the Sydney CBD to the Parramatta CBD to serve the growing communities along the route for generations to come. A metro line in Western Sydney will effectively double rail capacity between the two central business districts and will change the way we travel around our city.

This is the first step. We have identified the need for this project as the population of Western Sydney grows and I’m pleased to announce this Government will be delivering it over the coming years.

We will work with the community and industry to deliver the project, which will include new train stations at Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, The Bays Precinct and they Sydney CBD.

The number of workers in Parramatta is expected to double over the next 20 years to 100,000 and Sydney’s new innovation hub at The Bays Precinct will also welcome many workers once the 95 hectares of land is regenerated, making this a vital piece of infrastructure that will cater for future generations. The Sydney Metro West will also complement the existing T1 Western Line, which is quickly reaching capacity.

The project is expected to be built largely underground and be operational in the second half of the 2020s. It will be able to move about 40,000 people an hour in each direction, and will be a turn-up-and-go service that eliminates the need for timetables. It will also mean faster and more frequent services will be able to be delivered on the Sydney trains network from other major centres like Penrith and Blacktown.

The successful lease of Ausgrid and strong budget have given us the ability to bring forward planning for this project. The final cost of the project will be determined after we consult with industry on how to best deliver this project.

As part of this process, we’ll also look at innovative ways to reduce travel times between the two CBDs, as well as the final number of stations needed to service communities along the route. Other potential stations along the route will be determined through consultation with industry and the community.

We are already delivering Stages 1 and 2 of Sydney Metro – 66 kilometres of new metro rail opening from 2019 that will change the face of the north west and take pressure off Town Hall and Wynyard in the CBD, with a new crossing of Sydney Harbour and metro to Bankstown.

Sydney Metro West will integrate with long-term transport planning for Western Sydney including Parramatta Light Rail, the rail needs currently being investigated for the future Western Sydney Airport and the Western Sydney Rail Upgrade Program targeting capacity on the T1 Western Line.

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