Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue today welcomed the release of updated plans for Sydney Metro West, arguably Sydney’s most transformative infrastructure project.
Dialogue Chairman Christopher Brown said the highly-anticipated rail report, which outlined the proposed route and station locations, would deliver generational change across the region.
“This is a project that is just as significant as the Western Sydney Airport – an absolute game changer not just for our region, but all of Sydney,” Mr Brown said.
“Not only will Metro West super-charge the link between Sydney’s two CBDs, in Parramatta and Sydney, and free up, an already at-capacity Western Line, it will generate thousands of jobs and catalyse the urban renewal of a number of growth centres along the corridor – a new ‘steel spine’ for Sydney’s Central City.”
“The Dialogue has been a major advocate of this project, and along with the Greater West Metro, which is expected to be delivered by 2026, Western Sydney is finally getting the transport links it needs to accommodate future growth.”
Mr Brown welcomed the confirmation of most stop locations and route alignment, however added that community members and stakeholders in Camellia/Rydalmere remained in the dark about their transport future, with an optional station still unconfirmed and the future of Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 also unclear.
“Communities in the eastern part of the Greater Paramatta and Olympic Peninsula (GPOP) corridor have been promised a range of transport solutions over many years now. While the further investigation of a Rydalmere stop is welcome, we need some certainty. The region is growing so fast, and we don’t want to see a situation down the track where we’ve missed an opportunity to activate a precinct like Camellia or Rydalmere and left locals with inadequate transport connections.”
Mr Brown said that with plans now public, the focus must turn to the fastest way to have the project delivered and all options to procure and fund it must be on the table, including federal funding.
“We’ve always been of the view that, given its national significance, Metro West should be part-funded by the Federal Government,” Mr Brown said.
“In a slowing economy, this is a shovel-ready project that will provide a much-needed boost, and importantly, help speed up the project’s delivery.
“In an ideal world, both the Metro West and Greater West Metro would be up and running by the time the Western Sydney Airport opens in 2026, providing an integrated rail network that links the residents of Western Sydney with enhanced access to jobs and services, and helping fuel the development of precincts such as Sydney Olympic Park, Westmead, Parramatta and Sydney Science Park via the north-south connection.”
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