The NSW Government has started work to set aside a future corridor for a South West Rail Link extension to Sydney’s second airport, with community consultation set to begin this week.
Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said the future rail corridor will link jobs, service hubs and communities in the South West with Sydney’s existing and future public transport and roads networks.
Initial projections suggest that air traffic at the second Sydney airport is expected to be approximately 3 million passengers a year, less than 10% of Sydney Airport’s 38 million passengers each year. When operations begin, access to the airport will be provided through road upgrades, park and ride facilities and a new express bus service.
In the longer term however, the Government are planning to connect Sydney’s rail network to Badgery’s Creek Airport.
“The NSW Government has started planning for a continuation of the South West Rail Link to extend to Badgerys Creek and on to St Marys, where it would connect with Western Line services, as well as south to Narellan.
“This corridor planning means when the time comes to extend the South West Rail Link we will be ready to go, and costs will be lower.”
Consultation on the future of the South West Rail Link corridor extension will begin this week and include two stages:
- Stage 1 – Consultation on the proposed corridor and station locations will start on 28 April and will run for six weeks to 6 June 2014.
- Stage 2 – Consultation on specific alignment options will follow later in 2014.
Transport for NSW will hold community information sessions during the first phase of consultation. All interested parties are encouraged to drop in to one of the sessions to find out more information and provide their feedback.