Western Sydney's rail future
Rail infrastructure is a significant investment, and planning is now underway to ensure the right transport infrastructure is in place at the right time for a Western Sydney Airport and the broader Western Sydney region.
Joint Scoping Study on Western Sydney rail needs
On 13 November 2015 the Australian and NSW governments announced that they have partnered to work on a Joint Scoping Study on Western Sydney rail needs.
The study will consider the best options for future rail investment, including decisions about timing and rail services options to service both the proposed airport and the Western Sydney region. Further, the study will aim to determine what it would take for rail to be operational when operations at the proposed airport commence, or, if not, how soon afterwards.
On 16 September 2016, the Australian and NSW governments released a discussion paper on Western Sydney's future rail needs for community comment. To read a copy of the discussion paper, find out more or have your say, visit the Western Sydney rail needs website. You can also read the Joint Scoping Study's Terms of Reference.
Getting the airport site ‘rail ready'
In preparation for a rail line, the Australian Government is taking steps to preserve access for rail within the Badgerys Creek site. Work is already underway to safeguard space for future stations and preserve a rail corridor on the airport site.
This work includes the Australian Government's commitment of $26 million for developing the detailed concept design for rail access at the airport site, which will confirm the design of the line and tunnels through the airport site, as well as the design of the station.
The outcomes of this work will build on the Joint Scoping Study.
Next steps for rail
As part of the joint scoping study, a discussion paper has been released for public comment and is available on the Western Sydney rail needs website. The Australian and NSW governments invite the community to have a say on the future of Western Sydney's future transport needs.
The study is expected to be completed in the first half of 2017 and will be provided to both the Australian and New South Wales governments for their consideration in determining possible next steps.