A Metro rail line to the new Western Sydney Airport will be complete in time for the Airport’s opening in 2026, if the Coalition retains government.
The commitment was made at the Liberals & Nationals campaign launch, held today at Penrith Panthers Leagues Club.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said more than $2 billion will be invested in the North South Rail Line over the next four years.
“We know the Western Sydney Airport and the Aerotropolis are the future of Sydney and that is why we are making the investment now for construction on the rail line to begin in 2021,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The North South Rail Line will run from St Marys through to the Airport, connecting Sydney in a way that has never happened before.
“At the same time we are building the crucial road links and are investing $3.6 billion to build the new M12 motorway and upgrade existing roads including the Northern Road and Bringelly Road.
“The Aerotropolis will create 200,000 jobs and only the NSW Liberals & Nationals can be trusted to build the transport links needed to support this growing region.”
The development of a business case for the North South Rail line is already progressing.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said only the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has the track record to deliver the Metro rail line to the Airport from day one.
“During its time in office Labor promised 12 rail lines, but did not deliver a single one in full,” Mr Constance said.
“This Government has a track record of delivering. The Metro Northwest rail line is due to open within months, while tunnelling is underway on the Metro City & South West projects.”
The North South Rail line will link up with the existing Sydney Train T1 Western Line at St Marys and form the start of a future rail line across Sydney.
Stage 1 will run from St Marys Station through Western Sydney Airport to the new Aerotropolis – this will provide a convenient interchange with the existing Sydney Trains T1 Western Line.
The NSW Government will fund half of the cost of the line, with the remainder to be funded by the Commonwealth under the Western Sydney City deal.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.