Western Sydney Airport: To get AU$11 billion metro at opening
As part of the economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised this extension of the previously announced Metro West project to include more stations, 2 of which will be within the Airport’s boundaries.
The announcement includes an additional AU$3.5 billion for more tunnelling as well as putting St Mary’s station underground. The project is pledged to commence this year (2020) to be completed by 2026 which is also when the Western Sydney International Airport is also scheduled for opening.
Well, I did predict this would happen soon, and it looks like they left it until the beginning of 2023 to make the announcements.
Now we all know that the amount of money and the delivery date for both this metro rail initiative and the opening of the Western Sydney Airport will change. Add another year or two and double the budget, seems to be the usual way with these (don’t believe me – check out the delivery and budget for the Sydney light rail project!).
However, the initiative is to be lauded, because now at least there is a commitment to open a public transport corridor to the airport at the same time as the airport opens. I know these projects are ridiculously expensive, but not to open a public transport corridor to coincide with the opening of an airport is to commit to a huge amount of private car pollution, and an inefficient way of getting between the Airport and the rest of Sydney.
So, for avoiding that, the Federal and New South Wales Governments are to be congratulated – for doing their jobs!