| 03.03,19. 03:06 PM |
NSW Premier says construction of Metro West line to begin 2020
Construction on the Metro West rail line is expected to begin next year
New railway stations will be created at Five Dock, North Burwood and North Strathfield as part of the promised Metro West rail line, which the Berejiklian government has committed to beginning next year if the Coalition wins the upcoming election.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Transport Minister Andrew Constance announced the Coalition would inject $6.4 billion into the transport infrastructure project, which is expected to reduce travel times between Parramatta and the Sydney CBD to 20 minutes, with trains running every two minutes.
"We’ve been working day and night to bring forward the day of start of construction, and what I'm really excited about is not only will construction start next year, we’re likely to have the tunnel boring machines in the ground in 2021," Ms Berejiklian said.
Ms Berejilkian made the announcement at Westmead, one of the already-confirmed stops for the train line, which will also stop at Parramatta, Olympic Park, and the Bays Precinct.
The government is also investigating possible stations between Olympic Park and Parramatta, such as Rydalmere and Pyrmont.
Entirely new stations are expected to be built for the new line, even in suburbs with existing stations.
Mr Constance said the new line needed to be built in light of the projection that the existing T1 Western Line would be at capacity in the next 15 years, and 450,000 moving into the new rail corridor in the next 20 years.
"That’s phenomenal growth and associated jobs growth as well. Sydney Olympic Park, of course the Bays Precinct, Parramatta itself and, of course, here at Westmead, where we've spent over a billion dollars redeveloping the hospital and having a world class educational health precinct means that we’ve got to have a quick train," he said.
He said the underground nature of the line meant that property acquisition would be kept at a minimum.
"As with any project like this, of course there will be property acquisition where we locate the stations but we worked through that with Metro City and South West very constructively with communities and, in terms of this project in particular, we’ve got the advantage of having industrial estate particularly at Camellia, where we can look at stabling and operations," Mr Constance said.
"We will be working with local communities, we make that we adhere to the planning requirements, maintaining the amenity of the surrounds, particularly around stations."
Mr Constance said a "key element" of the new line was its interface with the existing Sydney Trains network, "which is why there’s a station at North Strathfield, because that links in to the T1 Northern Line."
"We’re not only building a stand alone metro network, we’re building a network which integrates to the entire transport network," he said.