The Government of New South Wales announced that AUD 6.4 billion (USD 4.4 billion) will be provided for Sydney Metro West project, as part of its 2019 to 2020 state budget.
“We always said we would build Metro West as fast as possible. This commitment in the State Budget shows that when we commit to doing something, we mean business,” Andrew Constance the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure.
Construction on Metro West will start next year. The final schedule for the project will be confirmed on completion of the final business case.
The project will connect Parramatta and Sydney central business districts, doubling rail capacity between these two areas. Sydney Metro West project includes a new underground station at Westmead, a new metro station under an existing suburban station on the T1 Northern Line, at least one Sydney Metro West station under the Sydney CBD. In addition, further consultation on new intermediate metro stations between Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park and between Olympic Park and the Sydney CBD will be carried out.
More public transport services are needed between Parramatta and the Sydney CBD because an extra 420,000 people are expected to move into the corridor between Greater Parramatta and central Sydney over the next 20 years, more than 300,000 new jobs will be created by 2036, and it is necessarily to relief the traffic on the T1 Western Line, as it will be severely overcrowded within the next decade.