Train line proposed to service airport
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.