The NSW Government has announced a new underground metro railway line linking the Parramatta and Sydney CBDs, and communities along the way.
The Sydney Metro West project addresses Sydney’s rapid growth, with the city’s population to increase above 6 million in the next 20 years.
Sydney’s west is growing the fastest – 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 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.
The existing T1 Western Line – which is more than a century old – is expected to be severely overcrowded by the early 2030s, despite ongoing upgrade works and more services.
Currently, the T1 moves around 40,000 people in the morning peak hour and is operating at 135 per cent seated capacity.
New metro rail will be able to move about 40,000 people an hour in each direction.
Sydney Metro West will work together with the T1 to service the growing needs of Western Sydney, effectively doubling the rail capacity of the Parramatta to Sydney corridor.
The NSW Government will work with industry, the community, businesses and local stakeholders like councils along the route to get feedback on potential station locations and the best outcomes to serve Sydney for the next century and beyond.
The final number of potential stations will be identified following community and industry consultation. Four key precincts to be serviced have initially been identified 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.
The Sydney CBD, allowing easy access to the existing public transport network and Stages 1 and 2 of Sydney Metro, which is currently under construction.
The new railway is expected to be built largely underground and operational in 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.