Sydney, Australia – The federal and New South Wales governments have jointly committed to the first stage of the North South Rail Link from St Marys to Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis via Western Sydney Airport.
The two governments have a joint objective of having rail connected to the Western Sydney Airport in time for the opening of the airport and have agreed that they will construct the North South Rail Link as equal partners, each contributing 50 per cent of the funding which is expected to top $7 billion.
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters that ‘the objective is to have the rail (link) open and operating when the airport opens’ which is expected to be in 2026.
Both governments will each commit $43 million for a business case on the full North South rail line to finalise a route and station locations, building on the evidence base of the joint Rail Needs Scoping Study, also released today. A market sounding process will test private sector interest in station developments and explore innovative financing solutions.
The North South rail line will help shape Western Sydney’s growth and support thousands of new jobs and homes for Western Sydney. It delivers on a commitment to build the Western Parkland City into Sydney’s third economic centre, adding much-needed rail capacity that will improve access to employment, education and services, including at the new Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis.
The NSW Government will also establish rapid bus services from the metropolitan centres of Penrith, Liverpool and Campbelltown to the Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis and to Western Sydney Airport before it opens.