The Federal and NSW Governments have pledged a metro rail line to the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport in time for its opening.
Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, said the Federal Government’s $3.5 billion rail package commitment would help bring the vision to life, alongside a $3.5 billion commitment from the NSW Government.
“This project and the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport will drive economic growth for Western Sydney, boost jobs and housing and make it into a key hub of our city all as part of our Western Sydney City Deal,” the Prime Minister said.
The rail overhaul is set to begin with the first stage of the North South Rail Link from St Marys to the Western Sydney Aerotropolis via Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.
The Federal Government’s $3.5 billion commitment kicks off with $61 million for the Elizabeth Drive Overpass, an essential piece of early enabling infrastructure to ensure the airport is rail ready.
The Federal Government is fully funding Western Sydney International Airport with $5.3 billion, and has committed $2.9 billion to the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan.
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, Alan Tudge, said the construction of the rail line would bring together rail, road and airport infrastructure, all in time for the commencement of operations at Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport in 2026.
“This will provide a crucial north-south rail connection for the people of Western Sydney and create a new way of travel for the community,” Minister Tudge said.
“It will contribute to the success of the airport and the businesses in the Aerotropolis in helping to bring Western Sydney to the world.”
The business case for the project is being jointly funded by the Federal and NSW governments and is expected to be delivered to the Australian and NSW governments by the end of this year.