What is the Western Sydney Rail Alliance?
The Alliance is committed to North South Rail and a transport network for Western Sydney.
As the principal stakeholders in Western Sydney’s high growth corridor, the Alliance is committed to securing transformative infrastructure, in the form of a new North South Rail Link, for the region. Together, the Councils and significant landowners are committed to a more productive, liveable, successful and connected Western Sydney region.
Today Western Sydney is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia with the greatest potential for even more growth.
What the Alliance will do:
The Alliance will work jointly and independently to advocate for a North South Rail Link, improved transport network, significant jobs and economic uplift in Western Sydney as well as improved liveability and amenity.
Each of the organisations has different purposes and objectives. We are however, strongly united through a common desire to unlock the region’s potential, now and into the future, through smart infrastructure investment and planning.
The North South Rail Option
Western Sydney is on track for an immense growth period, and it is estimated that by 2056 the region will become home to more than four million people. Soon more people will be living west of Parramatta than east of it, as the demographic balance of Sydney shifts away from the current CBD.
With this expansion comes great opportunity for Western Sydney, and the creation of an improved transport network underpinned by a North-South connection is the catalyst that will drive the jobs of tomorrow and deliver a complete orbital network when integrated with current and future rail lines.
The North South Rail Link will:
Support high growth cities like Liverpool, Campbelltown and Penrith.
Connect growth areas with the Western Sydney Airport and Western Sydney Employment Area.
Connect disadvantaged areas to employment centres, education and community services.
Create new town centres and a threefold increase on housing supply, improving affordability and amenity.
Reduce the need to travel east for employment opportunities.
Reduce traffic congestion.
Encourage investment into the region including aviation, agribusiness, manufacturing, retail, transport and technology industries.
North South Rail Link announced in Western Sydney City Deal
In March 2018 the Western Sydney City Deal was announced, including a commitment from the State and Federal governments to jointly fund Stage One of the North South Rail Link, from St Marys to the Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis and Western Sydney Airport. Importantly, the rail link will be delivered in time for the first day of airport operations.
The Western Sydney City Deal was developed by the State and Federal governments in conjunction with eight Western Sydney councils to deliver much needed investment in infrastructure and job creation. The deal unifies the three levels of government to focus on the most important projects to residents of the new Western Parkland City.
Under the City Deal announcement, the State Government will protect suitable corridors for future rail connections in Western Sydney. Both the State and Federal government have committed funding to undertake a business case process that will investigate corridor and delivery options for the full length of the North South Rail Link (from Schofields in the north to Macarthur in the south), including a South West Rail Link Extension connecting Leppington to the Western Sydney Airport.
The State and Federal governments will be equal partners in funding the first stage of the North South Rail Link and have a shared objective to connect rail to Western Sydney Airport in time for opening, informed by the business case.
The commitment to the North South Rail Link reflects the findings of the Western Sydney Rail Needs Scoping Study (pdf 5.9mb), a joint State and Federal Government initiative to examine the case for rail investment to support Western Sydney and the 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 (pdf 18.5mb) provides background and answers to these questions through a number of recommendations, including the development of a long-term Preferred Network for Western Sydney that includes North South Rail.
The Alliance made a detailed submission (pdf 5.8mb) to the Scoping Study demonstrating how a North South Rail Link would connect the major Western Sydney hubs of Campbelltown, Liverpool, Penrith and emerging centres such as Oran Park. It would also service future employment areas including the Western Sydney growth precincts of the South West Priority Growth Area, the Western Sydney Airport Priority Growth Area, the Western Sydney Innovation Corridor, the North West Priority Growth Area and the Western Sydney Airport site at Badgerys Creek.
The Alliance’s submission was supported by an analysis undertaken by Deloitte and Arup and highlighted the tremendous economic benefits that would be created by North South Rail.
While the State and Federal governments commitment to deliver Stage One of the North South Rail Link and to undertake further transport corridor investigation is welcomed, the Alliance’s vision for a network that supports and connects the region’s major centres of Campbelltown, Liverpool and Penrith remains.
For more information on the Joint Scoping Study visit www.westernsydneyrail.transport.nsw.gov.au.
Media & Resources
The Western Sydney Rail Alliance is a unique collaboration between the private sector and local government who have come together because of a shared commitment to a better region.
Members of the Alliance include: Campbelltown City Council, Liverpool City Council, Penrith City Council, Celestino, Medich Corporation, Ingham Property, Greenfields Development Company, Sydney Business Park, The Committee for Sydney, Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club and The University of Sydney.