The NSW Government has announced the exact station locations for a metro line as part of an $11 billion mega-project to develop the Western Sydney International Airport with rail linkages to the city's transport system.
Locations on the 23km driverless railway line were confirmed yesterday for St Marys, Orchard Hills and Luddenham, as well as two stations at the future airport.
An education, innovation and commercial precinct is planned at Luddenham, while the Orchard Hills station will service a future commercial and mixed-use precinct. St Marys station will serve as an interchange point and connection with Sydney Trains.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said construction would begin this year for the project, forming a key part of the 20-year Western Sydney City Deal struck in March 2018 between the Commonwealth and State governments along with eight Western Sydney councils.
"This city-shaping investment is being fast-tracked to help our economy recover from COVID-19 and deliver a major stimulus right in the heart of Western Sydney," Minister Tudge said.
"Western Sydney residents will reap the benefits of this investment well before the first train leaves the station."
State Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Transport Andrew Constance and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres visited the site of the future Western Sydney Aerotropolis Station yesterday.
"The Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport project will support 14,000 jobs, including 250 apprentices and inject billions of dollars to the NSW and Australian economies," Premier Berejiklian said.
"Where we are standing today will become a major new transport interchange, right in the heart of the future central business district for the Western Parkland City."
Minister Constance said the tender process had also started to deliver 10km of twin metro railway tunnels, with the call for registrations of interest.
"Construction starts later this year on a project that will become the transport spine for the Western Parkland City," he said.
"The new railway will link residential areas with jobs hubs, and connect travellers from the new airport with the rest of Sydney's public transport network."
Minister Ayres emphasised the project would be a game changer for the region.
"This will provide the backbone for the economic and broader development of the Western Parkland City," he said.
Federal Member for Lindsay Melissa McIntosh said the Australian and NSW governments were working together in preparation for the airport opening for passenger services.
"The huge investment in Western Sydney Infrastructure projects is creating an interconnected city that will enable innovation, support growth and create jobs to build an exciting future for Western Sydney," she said.
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