40,000 jobs linked to new rail

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

A NORTH south rail con­nec­tion in Western Syd­ney could de­liver the re­gion more than 40,000 jobs, ac­cord­ing to the Western Syd­ney Rail Al­liance.

The al­liance com­mis­sioned a re­port by Deloitte and Arup to look into the eco­nomic ben­e­fits of link­ing growth ar­eas in the west via a rail line, and early in­di­ca­tions are the in­fra­struc­ture would be a mas­sive jobs boost.

Pre­vi­ous de­signs for the rail line have shown it in­ter­sect­ing with the western line at St Marys and run­ning south, through the air­port to Camp­bell­town.

Western Syd­ney Busi­ness Di­a­logue chair­man Chris Brown told the Aus­tralian Pa­cific Avi­a­tion Sum­mit in Bris­bane re­cently the ben­e­fits of a Western Syd­ney air­port needed to ben­e­fit lo­cal res­i­dents, in­clud­ing bet­ter trans­port con­nec­tions.

Deloitte’s Theo Psy­cho­gios said num­bers showed pri­ori­tis­ing a rail line in Western Syd­ney would boost em­ploy­ment hubs, par­tic­u­larly in health, ed­u­ca­tion and in­no­va­tion.

“Build­ing tran­sit con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween the north and south growth re­gions of outer Syd­ney will be a larger cat­a­lyst for jobs and in­vest­ment in the re­gion than any sin­gle precinct pro­ject other than the air­port it­self,” Mr Psy­cho­gios said. “Pre­lim­i­nary analysis sug­gests the construction of the rail line could cre­ate be­tween 43,800 — 65,800 direct jobs and up to 98,600 in­di­rect jobs.”

A re­port de­tail­ing the jobs boost a rail line would pro­duce is due shortly.

Christo­pher Brown.

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