The Australian Government is investing $110 billion in transport infrastructure projects across Australia over a ten-year period beginning in 2021-22.
Network expansions, new metro lines, more trains, public transport systems linking suburbs, rail stations, a new international airport and more, will relieve pressure on existing infrastructure and unlock the economic capacity by easing congestion and reducing travel times.
Here are some of the most significant infrastructure projects in NSW under construction and their progress to date.
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Western Sydney Airport
Located at Badgerys Creek in Western Sydney, the Nancy Bird Walton International Airport construction is underway, expected to become one of the major transport infrastructures in Australia.
The Australian Government is investing up to $5.25 billion to deliver the airport, with the capacity to manage nearly 10 million passengers annually when open to the public in 2026.
According to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the government’s investment in the development of the airport and its supporting transport links is “transforming this powerhouse region, attracting investment and supporting jobs for generations to come”.
“Tens of thousands of more jobs will be created when the airport is up and running in 2026, and millions of travellers are arriving into Sydney’s newest airport every year”, Morrison said.
New images released by the airport show over 20 million cubic metres of earth removed to make way for the construction of the airport’s runway, taxiways and terminal, all due to begin construction in the coming months.
To reduce its environmental impact, the airport will use recycled materials from other Sydney projects, such as crushed sandstone.
Sydney Metro is one of Australia’s biggest transport infrastructure projects. It is a fully-automated metro rail system, which will include 46 fully accessible stations and more than 113km of world-class metro rail for Sydney.
Sydney Metro Northwest ($7.3 billion)
The First Stage of Sydney Metro Northwest, which opened in May 2019, offers high-frequency turn-up-and-go services between Rouse Hill and Chatswood.
Sydney Metro City & Southwest ($12.5 billion)
The Second Stage, which extends the metro under Sydney Harbour and through the CBD to Bankstown, is expected to open in 2024. There are two components of Sydney Metro City & Southwest: Chatswood to Sydenham, and Sydenham to Bankstown upgrade.
Sydney Metro West
Expected to complete in 2030, this line links Greater Parramatta and Sydney City and communities along the way, servicing the key precincts of Sydney Olympic Park, The Bays, Parramatta, Westmead and the Sydney CBD.
Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport ($11 billion)
Formerly known as Sydney Metro Greater West, the Western Sydney Airport Line project will see a new metro rail line run from St Marys to the Western Sydney Airport.
Sydney Metro, together with signalling and infrastructure upgrades across the existing Sydney rail network, will increase the capacity of train services entering the Sydney CBD –from approximately 120 an hour today to up to 200 services beyond 2024. That’s an increase of up to 60 per cent capacity across the network to meet demand.
Parramatta Light Rail
Expected to open in 2023, the $2.4 billion Parramatta Light Rail between Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, will include 16 accessible stations and a 12 kilometre two-way track.
This major rail line is expected to bring major benefits to businesses, local residents, commuters and visitors, improve safety, reduce congestion and support the development of Parramatta as Sydney’s second CBD.
Services every 7.5 minutes during peak periods, 7 days a week, with each vehicle able to carry up to 300 people (equivalent to around 6 standard buses).
As part of the Parramatta Light Rail program, the NSW Government will also deliver a five-kilometre walking and bike riding path, urban design, new bridges and road network upgrades.
The most exciting infrastructure projects are happening in Sydney’s West
These major transport infrastructure projects promise improved connectivity, jobs for the future, plus new skills and education opportunities for this area. It’s no wonder that the Western Suburbs of Sydney are quickly becoming one of the city’s top investment magnets.
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