40,000 jobs linked to new rail
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.