The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue has welcomed the NSW Government’s commitment to consult with community and industry on the Metro West rail project, as announced by Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance MP, today.
Dialogue Chairman, Christopher Brown AM, was hopeful that the consultation process for the
Metro West, connecting the Sydney CBD to Westmead via the Bays Precinct at Rozelle, Sydney Olympic Park, Camellia and Parramatta, would also explore funding and value-capture options.
“The Metro West is a transformative project that will connect two of Australia’s major commercial zones, while also fast-tracking jobs, urban renewal and investment along the ‘Olympic Corridor’.
“The clock is firmly ticking on this project, especially when you consider the current capacity
issues on the Western Line and a rapidly expanding population that desperately needs efficient transport links that connects our region’s growth areas. This ‘steel spine’ for Sydney is also needed by 2025 to support a potential Western Sydney bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.
“This includes Metro West stops at both Sydney Olympic Park and Camellia, two places that are primed for urban revitalisation over the coming decades, and expected to attract millions of visitors and house thousands of residents.
“Importantly, a number of land-owners within these two centres have already signalled their
willingness to engage with government and work towards a ‘value-contribution’ process that can ensure this vital project is funded, and not be solely reliant on the tax-payer.”
Mr Brown said the Metro West, along with the north-south rail, linking Rouse Hill & Campbelltown via Badgerys Creek, should be the two top transport priorities for the State Government.
“Western Sydney deserves these two rail projects, along with a complete Parramatta light rail
network that extends to Epping and Rhodes. We shouldn’t have to choose between the two.
“We appreciate the cross political support from Minister Constance and Opposition Leader Foley and urge NSW Treasury and the Commonwealth to provide funding for this project which will then generate billions of dollars of private sector capital via value contribution.
“The urban renewal opportunities that these rail projects will catalyse over the coming decades are too important to miss, and if we want to have these links in place by the time the Western Sydney
Airport opens in 2026, then things need to ramp up pretty quickly.” Mr Brown concluded.