Rail link to airport priority
REPORT SHOWS CORRIDOR RUNNING FROM ST MARYS STATION
A RAIL corridor linking St Marys train station to the proposed airport at Badgerys Creek has been listed as a high priority in a report released by the Federal Government this month.
The government’s Australian Infrastructure Plan lists preservation of a corridor for the proposed Western Sydney Airport rail connection as a high priority to allow the new airport to meet demands of a growing population.
“Over the next two decades, Western Sydney will be home to an additional 900,000 people, with more than half of all Sydneysiders expected to be living in this region within 25 years,” the report said.
“Preliminary analysis indicates that within five years from operation commencement in 2025, total passenger demand at Western Sydney Airport could reach 10 million per annum.”
A map in the report shows the proposed corridor running from St Marys station direct to the airport and further south to Leppington, with a stop at Bringelly.
“Provision of efficient transport options connecting the Western Sydney Airport to other key hubs such as the CBD, Parramatta, Western Sydney Employment Area, and North West and South West Growth Centres is critical to avoid unnecessary travel delays and enable sustained economic growth.” A plan for a high-speed metro rail line that would take just 34 min- utes to reach Badgerys Creek Airport from the CBD will also be considered by the NSW and federal governments as part of long-term rail options for the west.
The $8 billion project, which would be funded largely by a private consortium, would also offer a 18minute rapid transport link between the city and Parramatta, and link the major economic zones of Sydney.
Centurion China Rail Corp is in discussion with the joint-venture engineering proponents, BG & E and Conybeare Morrison, which have submitted the project to the NSW long-term transport strategy.
Federal Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher said the government was seeking high-speed rail options for the second airport which also acted as commuter services.