Urban Taskforce CEO, Tom Forrest, today welcomed the joint Commonwealth – NSW State Government funding announcement to bring forward the construction of the construction of a Metro Rail link to the Nancy Bird-Walton Western Sydney Airport.
“The announcement of a joint package worth $3.5 billion to start works on the Metro Rail link is a very welcome stimulus for Western Sydney”, Mr Forrest said.
The rail line will link Luddenham to the south of the Airport with the Airport, the Aerotropolis the residential community of Orchard Hills and connect with the existing heavy rail line at St Marys.
Mr Forrest noted the contrast to the situation in Melbourne where the Tullamarine Airport was opened in 1970 and is still to be connected to the city by rail.
“It is great to see that Sydney is delivering an airport which is properly supported by infrastructure from the start. This will go a long way to ensuring that Sydney remains the primary entry point into Australia as well as stimulating significant growth in both employment and housing.
“The Government should now prioritise connecting the airport to the urban growth centres to the south of the airport as well as to the heartland of Sydney – Parramatta.
“The most important piece of physical infrastructure associated with a new growth area is rail. It is great to see the growth of Sydney being properly supported by infrastructure investment. This is even more important as a stimulus for jobs in the COVID-19 environment”, Mr Forrest said.
Mr Forrest also congratulated the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and Prime Minister, Scott Morrison for working together to secure much needed city-shaping urban infrastructure funding.