Rail line construction to commence on Western Sydney Airport this year

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An additional $3.5 billion has been committed to the rail line construction of the Western Sydney Airport under a new agreement between the New South Wales and Federal Government. Construction is expected to commence on the major project later this year. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that the investment was a further demonstration of the Federal Governments dedication to transforming Western Sydney into an economical powerhouse. 

“It also demonstrates our partnership approach to creating jobs with the New South Wales Government. Working with state governments on bringing forward and investing even more in major infrastructure projects is central to our JobMaker plan to restore our economy,” Morrison said.

“Construction is already well underway on the airport, and later this year works will start on this new Metro service which will link the suburbs of Western Sydney to the rest of Sydney.”

The PM indicated that getting work started on this and a number of other major infrastructure projects across the country were critical to the Federal Government's JobMaker program as the economy is slowly rebuilt.

The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said that the Western Sydney Airport and Sydney Metro are integral elements of the state's record $100 billion infrastructure pipeline. 

“Now more than ever we need projects that provide jobs to support families and this project is major economic stimulus right in the heart of Western Sydney,” Berejiklian said.

“The opportunities this mega project will provide are vital as our economy recovers from the financial impact of the COVID-19.”

Western Sydney Airport Chair Paul O’Sullivan said construction of the airport and its supporting road and rail projects was set to inject $20 billion worth of new infrastructure into the Western Sydney region.

“Western Sydney International is a once-in-a-generation project that is already proving to be the catalyst for the transformation of Western Sydney,” O’Sullivan said.

“Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport will not only ensure that the Airport is connected to the city’s rail network, it will complement the Airport’s ability to create economic growth and opportunities for the region, creating jobs for the people of Western Sydney and providing new ways for people to get around.”

“For the first time in Sydney, Western Sydney International will provide airlines and passengers with a choice about which airport they want to use.”

The Western Sydney Airport and Sydney Metro projects are being funded equally by the Federal and State Governments under the Western Sydney City Deal. The $5.3 billion Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport is being fully funded by the Federal Government.

The rail line is expected to be ready in time for the opening of the airport in 2026. 

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