Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the successful lease of Ausgrid and strong budget had given the government the ability to bring forward planning for the project.
The Metro project also means faster and more frequent services will be able to be delivered on the Sydney Trains network from outer western Sydney areas like Penrith and Blacktown, with increased capacity for those customers into Parramatta and the CBD
Sydney’s west is growing – an extra 420,000 people are expected to move into the corridor between Greater Parramatta and central Sydney over that time, with more than 300,000 jobs expected to be created in this corridor by 2036.
The project will include new Metro stations at:
• Parramatta, where the number of jobs is expected to double over the next 20 years to 100,000;
• Sydney Olympic Park, where 34,000 jobs and more than 23,000 residents will be located by 2030;
• The Bays Precinct, Sydney’s new innovation hub where 95 hectares of land is being regenerated;
• Sydney CBD, allowing easy access to the existing public transport network and Stages 1 and 2 of Sydney Metro, which is currently under construction.
Other potential stations along the route will be determined through consultation with industry and the community.
The new railway is expected to be built largely underground and will be operational by the second half of the 2020s.
Sydney Metro West will integrate with long-term transport planning for Western Sydney including rail needs currently being investigated around the future Western Sydney Airport.
It is expected that the new line will be able to move in excess of 40,000 people per hour.
The existing T1 Western Line currently moves around 40,000 people in the morning peak hour and is operating at 135 per cent seated capacity.