The New South Wales government has announced where it will build six new metro train stations which will connect Western Sydney Airport to the city.
The new stations will be located at St Marys, Orchard Hills, Luddenham, the Airport Business Park, Western Sydney Aerotropolis near Badgerys Creek Rd at Bringelly and at the new airport’s terminal.
Construction on the 23-kilometre driverless train network start later this year.
“This is a city shaping project,” Transport Minister, Andrew Constance said.
“We are aiming to have the airport serviced by rail as soon as possible.”
Mr Constance said 20 property owners would be impacted by the construction but there would be consultation with them.
“At a time of COVID-19 we want people working,” he said.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the new aerotropolis station would be right in the heart of the future Western Parklands City’s central business district.
“The Sydney Metro — Western Sydney Airport project will support 14,000 jobs, including 250 apprentices and inject billions of dollars to the NSW and Australian economies,” she said.
Sydney’s infrastructure overhaul to turn the west into a major business hub is an $11 billion project that is being funded by both the federal and NSW governments.
Mr Constance said: “The new railway will link residential areas with jobs hubs, and connect travellers from the new airport with the rest of Sydney’s public transport network”.
The NSW government also confirmed the new rail link would provide infrastructure for further expansion in the future, particularly into Leppington and the south west region.
Federal cities Minister, Alan Tudge said the project was being fast-tracked to assist a faster economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
“This city-shaping investment is being fast-tracked to help our economy recover from COVID-19 and deliver a major stimulus right in the heart of Western Sydney,” he said.
“Western Sydney residents will reap the benefits of this investment well before the first train leaves the station.”