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A FAST metro rail service will link the new Western Sydney Airport with the rest of the city.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance revealed the State Government’s preferred option was to connect the airport to the rest of Sydney’s rail network via a fast metro rail line.
Mr Constance revealed the plans this morning as he kicked off community and industry engagement on the final design for the new Sydney Metro West project, which will duplicate the current Western Line.
Speaking at a press conference in Parramatta this morning, Mr Constance said building a heavy rail line to the new airport which connected with the current network would not work and metro was the answer.
“No, I think it is more likely you will see a metro train around the airport. The Western Sydney Airport is an airport for the people of western Sydney and the question becomes the best way to link the cities of western Sydney be it the Blacktowns, the Penriths, the Liverpools, the Campbelltowns to the airport in a way that ultimately gives the best opportunity for that airport’s success,” Mr Constance said.
An artist impression of the what the rail station will look like.“So this is your priority, this is the major rail project for the future of the city and it is one which we are excited about given what we are building with our existing 66km line that we are well underway in building.
“The bottom line with Canberra’s proposal there is that they will want to feed into the existing heavy rail network and that could further constrain the T1 Western Line. We have got to protect that line.”
The existing T1 Western Line, running from Penrith to the city, will be severely overcrowded by 2030 and is already operating at 135 per cent seating capacity during peak times.
The Sydney Metro West will double capacity on that line through the construction of 50km of twin rail tunnels from the Sydney CBD to Parramatta, passing through the Bays Precinct at Balmain and Sydney Olympic Park with the state government hoping to complete it by the mid-2020s.
Mr Constance said the new metro line could move more than 40,000 people an hour in each direction.
An option put forward as part of Western Sydney Rail Needs Scoping Study, which will determine how rail connects to the Western Sydney Airport, includes an option extending the new Sydney Metro West to the airport site.
A final decision on this will be unveiled later this year when the joint state and federal government paper is handed down.
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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