Rail to Western Sydney Airport

Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport will connect Western Sydney Airport with rail by its opening in 2026.

Delivering rail for Western Sydney

The Australian and NSW governments are partnering to deliver Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport. The Australian Government has announced it will contribute up to $5.25 billion to this city shaping project, inclusive of business case planning and the Elizabeth Drive Overpass, an essential piece of road infrastructure to enable metro rail access to the airport site. The total project cost will be around $11 billion.

Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport will have two stations on the airport site, with a station at the airport’s integrated international and domestic terminal as well as the on-airport business park. These two stations will provide efficient access for aviation passengers and to service jobs and businesses that will call the airport home in future.

This rail investment will create jobs in Western Sydney and bring new opportunities closer to home. The metro will support 14,000 jobs during construction and is critical to rebuilding the economy. This includes over 250 new apprenticeships, as well as tradespeople, tunnellers, and truck drivers.

This new metro link will be the spine of future development in Western Sydney around the new airport and Western Sydney Aerotropolis. The metro is crucial to realising the 200,000 local jobs objective of the Western Sydney City Deal.

Through the Western Sydney City Deal, the NSW Government has also committed to deliver rapid bus services from Penrith, Liverpool and Campbelltown to the airport before it opens in 2026, and to the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

Long-term rail planning is continuing

The NSW Government is planning for additional long-term rail links to the airport. This includes extensions towards Schofields in the north and Macarthur on the south, as well as options for connecting the existing line at Leppington to the Aerotropolis.

The Australian and NSW governments partnered to undertake the joint Western Sydney Rail Needs Scoping Study from November 2015 to March 2018. This study identified a vision for rail to service Western Sydney and the new airport over the coming decades, and is informing the NSW Government’s latest long-term planning.

The joint Scoping Study culminated in an Outcomes Report PDF: 18588 KB, released in March 2018. A summary of the Outcomes Report is also available PDF: 5857 KB.

One finding of the joint Scoping Study was that north-south rail, like Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport, would improve transport connectivity and support city-shaping objectives across Western Sydney, as well as connecting local residents to the new airport.

The NSW Government is responsible for road and rail corridor identification and protection process in Western Sydney. More information on the NSW Government's corridor projects is available on the Transport for NSW website.