Western Sydney Rail Needs Scoping Study

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Project overview

A joint Scoping Study to explore the options for passenger rail services to support Western Sydney and the Western Sydney Airport.

Status

Complete

About the Scoping Study

In late 2015, the Australian and NSW governments announced the joint
Western Sydney Rail Needs Scoping Study (the Scoping Study) to
determine the long-term need, timing and service options for passenger
rail to service both Western Sydney and Western Sydney Airport.

The purpose of the Scoping Study was to investigate options for passenger rail connections across the region.

A key component of the Scoping Study has been engagement through community consultation, industry engagement and stakeholder meetings.

The Outcomes Report has now been released

Western Sydney Rail Outcomes Report

The joint Scoping Study Outcomes Report outlines the long-term need, timing and service options for passenger rail to service both Western Sydney and Western Sydney Airport.

The Scoping Study addressed two separate but inter-connected questions:

  • What are the rail needs for Western Sydney as a whole, including connectivity within Western Sydney and connectivity from Western Sydney to the rest of the city, and
  • What are the best options for providing rail network connectivity to Western Sydney Airport?

The Scoping Study Outcomes Report provides background and answers to these questions through a number of recommendations, including the development of a long-term Preferred Network for Western Sydney.

Scoping Study – Discussion Paper

Community consultation was undertaken during late 2016 and was supported by a discussion paper, a dedicated website and local events. 

More than 1,000 responses were received through the public consultation process, which helped inform the Outcomes Report.

A high-level summary of the feedback received from the community is provided within the Outcomes Report.

Further information about planning for the Western Sydney Airport is available at westernsydneyairport.gov.au