Sydney (NSW Premier’s Office Release, 13 Feb 2023); A re-elected Liberal and Nationals Government will transform Western Sydney by expanding the world-class Sydney Metro to connect greater Sydney to the new Western Sydney Airport.
The Government today announced it would kick off the process of delivering four new metro lines in Western Sydney by undertaking the final business cases for the new routes, which include:
- Tallawong to St Marys
- Westmead to the Aerotropolis
- Bankstown to Glenfield via Liverpool; and
- Macarthur to the Aerotropolis
Premier Dominic Perrottet said this major expansion will deliver the missing links in the Sydney Metro network, transforming Western Sydney with around 100km of new track.
“Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest public transport project and is already re-shaping this city and transforming how we move around,” Mr Perrottet said.
“These new lines will complete the missing links in the metro network in the west and connect our city like never before in what will be a major win for the people of Western Sydney, providing them with even better transport services.
“We are future-proofing the transport needs of our city, to ensure people can travel quickly and safely while also supporting thousands of jobs, additional housing and access to services across region.
“Our long term economic plan is delivering major rail projects for the future and will support communities as they grow.”
Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes said the Liberals and Nationals were turning paddocks into a thriving city around the future airport.
“Our cities will be shaped by world-leading infrastructure, connecting people to jobs, students to educational institutions and Western Sydney to the world,” Mr Stokes said.
“Our ambition is to complete the Metro network that we started when we first came to government. The first step is a coordinated strategic business case to determine which link needs to start first. This will set up a pipeline of projects to power the productivity of Western Sydney.”
“By starting this work now, we’re putting the Aerotropolis on a strong footing to be one of the most accessible cities in Australia for people on bikes, cars, planes or trains – connected to a new airport, active transport network and world-class metros and motorways.”
Minister for Transport, Veterans and Western Sydney David Elliott said the completion of the metro in Western Sydney would provide critical transport connections for commuters across Western Sydney and deliver improved access into the Sydney CBD.
“The population of this State is expected to grow by 42 per cent to 11.5 million by 2061, increasing the demand for easy, reliable, turn-up and go services for statewide transport connectivity,” Mr Elliott said.
“This is why it is critical we plan for the future and have the vision to deliver the transport connections where they are needed to ensure people can move conveniently and seamlessly from one side of Sydney to the other.”
The proposed new Sydney Metro lines will include (approximately):
- Tallawong to St Marys – 20 kilometres of track and six or seven potential station locations along the route.
- Westmead to the Aerotropolis – 37 kilometres of track and six or eight potential station locations along the route.
- Bankstown to Glenfield – 20 kilometres of track, with the number of stations to be determined.
- Macarthur to the Aerotropolis – 23 kilometres of track and six to seven potential station locations along the route.
A business case is already underway for a new metro line between Glenfield and the Aerotropolis.
The proposed new lines will be integrated with the broader Sydney Metro network, which includes:
- Sydney Metro North West – completed in May 2019.
- Sydney Metro City and South West – services from Chatswood to Sydenham to commence in 2024, then to Bankstown within 12 months.
- Sydney Metro West – on track to be completed by 2030.
- Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport – The Australian and NSW Governments are working together to deliver this project alongside the opening of Western Sydney International Airport in 2026.