The funding will allow Sydney Metro to:
- design the new metro railway stations and precincts
- commence the planning approvals process
- continue the community and industry consultation that has been taking place.
The NSW Government will invest $28 million in 2018 to complete the final business case.
Subject to the final business case, the NSW Government intends to start construction on Sydney Metro West in 2019.
The most recent round of community consultation saw 1200 people give their feedback on the project. Further consultation will take place in late 2018.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said Sydney CBD and Parramatta are two great economies.
“Reserving this funding means we are bringing forward the work, subject to an accelerated business case, to better connect these two cities.” Mr Perrottet said.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance confirmed that work was underway to determine other stations along the Sydney Metro West route.
“We have already begun the work to determine the best underground route between the Sydney CBD and Greater Parramatta with a program of geotechnical drilling, which will continue,” Mr Constance said.
“This project will redefine how we get around Sydney and will double rail capacity between the two city centres, a true city-shaping infrastructure investment that will serve generations to come."
Services on the Sydney Metro North West from Rouse Hill to Chatswood will commence in the first half of 2019.
Construction is also already underway to extend the Sydney Metro into the Sydney CBD and beyond to Bankstown, to open in 2024 – when Sydney will have 31 metro stations and a new 66-kilometre metro railway system.