Rail link to air­port pri­or­ity


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing and Si­mon Ben­son

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.

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