Train line pro­posed to ser­vice air­port

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

A TRAIN sta­tion could be es­tab­lished at East­ern Creek to ser­vice a pro­posed line to the Badgerys Creek air­port.

Four op­tions for a fast rail line con­nect­ing Par­ra­matta to Syd­ney CBD and the air­port were in­cluded in a dis­cus­sion pa­per, re­leased on Fri­day at the Fast Rail Con­fer­ence at Rose­hill Gar­dens.

One of the routes in­cludes us­ing the ex­ist­ing rail cor­ri­dor be­tween Par­ra­matta and Syd­ney while the other three op­tions in­volve tun­nels be­ing con­structed in Ryde or Home­bush.

The route could take two paths through western Syd­ney; one via Liverpool or one through the Black­town lo­cal govern­ment area.

Un­der the pro­posed plan, a sta­tion could be built near the M4 and M7 mo­tor­ways at East­ern Creek.

Western Syd­ney Re­gional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Coun­cils pres­i­dent Tony Had­chiti wel­comed the fast train but em­pha­sised the need for Western Syd­ney sta­tions.

“A train from Par­ra­matta to Badgerys Creek is a great con­cept, but if the route doesn’t have stops along the way there will be very lit­tle ben­e­fit for com­muters and busi­nesses,” he said.

“Sixty-three per cent of Western Syd­ney res­i­dents drive to work, in­di­cat­ing ex­ist­ing pub­lic trans­port is not ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing peo­ple where they need to go.

“We need to ... look at cross-re­gional trans­port links that sup­port the jour­neys com­muters are mak­ing on a day-to-day ba­sis.”

Fed­eral Ma­jor Projects Min­is­ter Paul Fletcher said a fast rail line would not be ready for when the air­port was due to open in 2025.

Tony Had­chiti sup­ports bet­ter trans­port in western Syd­ney.

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