Big–ticket transport, road, hospital, schools and cultural projects across the state will be fast–tracked, following a major cash injection of more than $590 million unveiled in yesterday’s NSW Budget.
NSW Premier Mike Baird today inspected progress on the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest at Castle Hill, where he was joined by Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance and local MPs.
“We’re powering ahead to deliver the transport of tomorrow for Sydney as quickly as possible,” Mr Baird said.
“We are not waiting any longer – which is why yesterday’s Budget allocated more than $590 million to bring forward construction of critical infrastructure.
“This funding will ensure we get these important projects underway as soon as possible so we can start seeing the benefits.
“Whether it is busting congestion or providing brand new Metro train lines to reduce crowding on our public transport, these projects will make a huge difference to people’s lives.”
Ms Berejiklian said the acceleration funding in the NSW Budget will ensure we deliver our massive infrastructure program as quickly as possible.
“We are determined to get moving to deliver the improvements everyone is so keen to see,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Yesterday’s Budget provided recorded spending in services, and record state infrastructure spending in NSW over four years totaling $68.6 billion, including major health, transport and schools projects.
“We have the strongest economy in Australia and we are creating jobs right across the state, with major infrastructure projects like the Sydney Metro Northwest.”
Mr Constance also announced today that more major milestones in delivering the transport of Sydney’s future have been reached – with tunnelling now passing the halfway point on Sydney Metro Northwest.
“This project will be a game changer for Sydney and NSW and today is another big step forward as we get on with the job of building Sydney’s tomorrow,” Mr Constance said.
“The reality of a new 66km railway network for Sydney is taking shape before our eyes every day – if this Government says we will build something, we build it.
“A massive cross–over rail cavern at Castle Hill is almost complete and has been revealed publicly for the first time today.
“The 17 metre high tunnel will become a key part of ensuring reliable train services by enabling a new metro train every four minutes in the peak.”
Tunnelling on Sydney Metro Northwest has also reached another milestone with Florence, the second of four massive tunnel boring machines, recently breaking through into the site of the new Showground station.
The 36km long Sydney Metro Northwest, formerly the North West Rail Link, is ahead of schedule and expected to open in the first half of 2019 as the first stage of Sydney Metro.
Stage 2 – the 30km Sydney Metro City & Southwest – extends metro rail from Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour, through new stations in the CBD and west to Bankstown and is expected to open in 2024.