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Metro rail line for Western Sydney Airport receives $7bn investment


Posted by Monica Gameng

The Australian and New South Wales Governments will each be investing $3.5 billion towards the delivery of a metro rail line in time for the opening of the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport at Badgerys Creek.

“This project and the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport will drive economic growth for Western Sydney, boost jobs and housing and make it into a key hub of our city all as part of our Western Sydney City Deal,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

This metro rail project will start with Stage One of the North South Rail Link that will run from St Marys to the Western Sydney Aerotropolis via the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.

$61 million from the Australian Government’s $3.5 billion investment is going to be spent on the delivery of the Elizabeth Drive Overpass which is a vital part of the early enabling infrastructure to ensure that the airport is ready to accommodate rail access.

According to Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge, the delivery of this new rail line will help bring together rail, road and airport infrastructure in time for the completion and beginning of operations of the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport in 2026.

“This will provide a crucial north-south rail connection for the people of Western Sydney and create a new way of travel for the community.

“It will contribute to the success of the airport and the businesses in the Aerotropolis in helping to bring Western Sydney to the world,” Mr Tudge said.

The business case for the airport rail line is set to be delivered to the Australian and State Governments by the end of 2019.

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Source: Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population; The Daily Telegraph; The Sydney Morning Herald; Mirage News

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

As PlantMiner's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1000 posts. She truly is an industry expert. Monica's passion for educating and inspiring readers saw the PlantMiner blog recognised by Feedspot as one of the Best Australian Construction Blogs in 2018 and 2019. PlantMiner is Australia's largest online construction marketplace. Sign up as a vendor to find and engage with civil and commercial contractors across Australia. Alternatively, if you're looking for plant and equipment you can compare equipment and subcontractor quotes from vendors near you in just a few steps.