Rail to Western Sydney Airport
Rail infrastructure is a significant investment, and planning is now underway to ensure the right transport infrastructure is in place at the right time for Western Sydney Airport and the broader Western Sydney region.
Towards rail for Western Sydney
The Australian and NSW governments partnered to undertake the joint Western Sydney Rail Needs Scoping Study from November 2015 to March 2018.
The joint Scoping Study culminated in an Outcomes Report PDF: 18588 KB , released in March 2018, which outlines the long-term need, timing, and service options for passenger rail to service both Western Sydney and its airport.
Importantly, the joint Scoping Study identifies a Preferred Network, which offers a vision for expanding and enhancing rail services in Western Sydney over the coming decades. A summary of the Outcomes Report is available in the Summary Brochure PDF: 5857 KB .
One finding of the joint Scoping Study was that a new North South Rail Link would improve rail connectivity and support city-shaping objectives across Western Sydney, as well as connecting local residents to the new airport.
A new rail service for Western Sydney
Under the Western Sydney City Deal, the Australian and NSW governments will deliver the first stage of the North South Rail Link. This metro-style service will become the transport spine for the Western Parkland City, connecting travellers from the airport and the Western Sydney Aerotropolis to St Marys and the rest of Sydney’s rail system.
The Australian Government is contributing $3.5 billion to deliver the first stage of the North South Rail Link with the NSW Government. This contribution includes $50 million towards the business case process as well as $61 million to construct the Elizabeth Drive Overpass—an essential piece of infrastructure that will enable safe, cost-effective and efficient access for the metro service to the airport site.
The Australian and NSW governments are each contributing up to $50 million to a business case process. Sydney Metro and Transport for NSW are leading this process in conjunction with the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, and in consultation with local government. Work on the business case is now underway, and it will consider:
- station location options
- opportunities to support long-term planning for new housing and jobs in Western Sydney
- future staging options
- the unique needs of airport customers, as well as regular commuters
- detailed transport demand analysis
- economic benefits and value-sharing opportunities, and
- cost estimates based on detailed engineering work.
Community and industry engagement will be an important part of informing the development of the rail business case. Community engagement will occur in 2019.
The NSW Government has also commenced a corridor identification and protection process for the North South Rail Link, as well as for a number of different road and rail corridors in Western Sydney. More information on the NSW Government’s corridor projects is available on the Transport for NSW website.