NSW residents wanting to fly out of the new Western Sydney Airport will have their travel time slashed thanks to upgrades to Sydney’s Metro Trains service.
Over the next four years new funds worth $9.2 billion will be allocated towards the rail link to the airport.
The government hopes this will create up to 14,000 jobs during construction which will boost Western Sydney’s economy with the project described as the “transport spine” for the city’s west.
“Our growing Metro network will reach Western Sydney Airport in time for reopening in 2026,” NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said.
This is the only new major infrastructure spend revealed in the state’s 2020-21 budget which was handed down on Tuesday.
The total infrastructure pipeline for the next four years is worth $107.1 billion which the government believes will inject 145,000 jobs into the economy.
“The scale of our infrastructure pipeline is unprecedented, supporting tens of thousands of jobs each year,” Mr Perrottet said.
Meanwhile commuters will benefit from a $1.6 billion boost to bus services across the state, while another $1.1 billion will be spent on the Illawarra, Airport and south coast train lines.
The previously announced Metro West project in Sydney will be funded to the tune of $10.4 billion.
And the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport rail line will get $9.2 billion in funds.
“By 2024, Sydney will have 31 metro railway stations and a 66 kilometres stand-alone metro railway system, revolutionising the way our city travels,” Transport Minister Andrew Constance said.