A Minns Labor Government will plan and build Western Sydney’s transport future links and ensure that growing communities have the infrastructure and transport they need to get to and from work and around the city.
Labor is announcing:
- A commitment to work with the Commonwealth Government to expand the existing business case for Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport to Leppington and Glenfield, to include planning for an extension from Bradfield to Macarthur; and
- A commitment of an additional $40 million from a Minns Labor Government for a business case to extend the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport from St Mary’s to Tallawong.
These final business cases will provide the detailed design, economic assessment and cost estimation to inform an investment decision for the construction of the two metro extensions.
In combination, this work will begin the planning process to provide a north south connection across Western Sydney that connects growing Western Sydney communities to one another.
The Bradfield to Macarthur and St Mary’s to Tallawong links are the most critical and must be the priority given the population centres they will service, including forecast growth over the next 20 years.
These two projects will complete the metro circle around Sydney, connecting the CBDs of Western Sydney to the new Western Sydney Airport.
NSW Labor is committed to expanding the existing business case for Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport to Leppington and Glenfield, to now include planning for an extension from Bradfield to Macarthur.
The joint State and Commonwealth funding will stand at $155 million – including existing funding for the Leppington and Glenfield business case – which will now also include assessment of the Bradfield to Macarthur extension.
NSW Labor is also committing an additional $40 million for a business case to extend the Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport Metro from St Mary’s to Tallawong.
These two projects will complete the metro circle around Sydney, connecting the CBDs of western Sydney to the new Western Sydney airport.
Population Growth versus Infrastructure
Population in Western Sydney is growing.
- Blacktown LGA is expected to grow by 110,550 people by 2041
- Liverpool LGA is expected to grow by 79,100 people by 2041
- Camden LGA is expected to grow by 88,979 people by 2041
- Campbelltown LGA is expected to grow by 54,037 people by 2041
A report released by the McKell Institute found that access to infrastructure, particularly in Western Sydney is unequal and of the 33 Sydney LGAs the third with the best access to public transport are all in the East and the North districts.
Labor will have more to say on plans to deliver more immediate public transport options, that will connect Western Sydney to the new airport.
Prioritising Delivery for Western Sydney
When Labor makes a commitment in this election, the people of NSW will know that it will be delivered.
That is why Labor is prioritising delivery over broken promises.
After 12 years of Dominic Perrottet and the Liberals, over $20 billion of transport budget blowouts, including $8.6 billion for Sydney Metro West, and huge delays and broken promises, Labor is determined to focus on project delivery that will deliver transport projects on time and on budget.
Labor is prioritising the Metro links from Bradfield to Macarthur and St Mary’s to Tallawong because they need to be built first.
Quotes attributable to Chris Minns MP NSW Labor Leader:
“Labor will begin the planning work to connect Western Sydney.”
“I’ve been to too many Western Sydney communities with suburbs teaming with families, where new home buyers tell me story after story of promises for linked bus networks that haven’t materialised, or metro train stations that are currently dotted lines on a map – but have no money actually allocated to them.
“We know these communities are growing rapidly, and we need a government that is looking down the runway and actually planning for the future so that people can get to and from work, travel around Sydney as well as creating thousands of local jobs.
“These projects won’t happen overnight but we have to begin the groundwork now because Western Sydney is growing rapidly.”
Quotes attributable to Jo Haylen MP Shadow Minister for Transport:
“More and more people are moving to Western Sydney but the Liberals have had twelve years to build the public transport infrastructure to support growing communities and they haven’t delivered.
“That’s why Labor is going to begin planning for the next big transport projects to connect the West to the rest of Sydney.”
“Labor knows we need to begin planning to deliver new mass public transport services that connect Western Sydney communities to each other from North to South.”
“This is a long term transport plan which will deliver opportunity for tens of thousands of people across Western Sydney. It’s about connecting Western Sydney communities to one another and providing a real alternative to paying the Liberals tolls which just keep going up and up.”