The mega Sydney Metro West project will significantly cut crowding on three major train lines, take tens of thousands of cars off the roads every day and support the creation of tens of thousands of new jobs in Western Sydney.
Minister for Transport Andrew Constance is calling on the community to have their say on the project as part of the first Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
“Sydney Metro West is truly a once-in-a-century project which will forever change how we get around our great city.
“It’s been almost 100 years since the Harbour Bridge transformed Sydney. Now this underground Metro is going to be the modern day game changer for our city, serving us for decades to come,” Mr Constance said.
By 2036, 3.2 million people will live in Western Sydney, accounting for about 50 per cent of the city’s population. Public transport demand will also increase, with a 36 per cent rise between Parramatta and the Sydney CBD in the morning peak.
The Sydney Metro West EIS outlines the benefits of the project on the city’s future growth including:
Cutting crowding on existing suburban train lines and stations
Sydney Metro West will ease crowding on the T1 Western Line, T9 Northern Line and the T2 Inner West and Leppington Line, with customers instead changing to metro rail for direct and faster journeys. The reduction in customers will allow Sydney Trains to have more capacity in the west and outer west.
The EIS reveals a 32 per cent fall in customer numbers on the T1 Western Line at Parramatta in 2036; a 36 per cent reduction at Strathfield; and a 35 per cent reduction at Redfern.
The project will also cut crowding by about 30 per cent at North Strathfield, Strathfield, Redfern and Burwood railway stations. This will result in less waiting time for customers and improved performance of Sydney Trains.
Cutting road congestion
The project will also bust road congestion with 83,000 fewer weekday car trips by 2036 and 110,000 fewer by 2056. It will also reduce traffic volumes on Parramatta Road and Victoria Road, improving the reliability of bus services.
Creating new jobs
The construction of Sydney Metro West will create more than 10,000 new direct jobs and 70,000 indirect jobs. Once opened the new line is expected to facilitate an extra 595,000 jobs due to the economic growth generated. By 2036 Metro West will ensure more than 400,000 people are within 30 minutes of the Parramatta CBD and an additional 250,000 people are within 30 minutes of the Sydney CBD by public transport.
Sydney Metro West will move more than 40,000 people an hour in each direction between Westmead and the Sydney CBD.
Faster travel times
The target travel time for Parramatta to the city is about 20 minutes, 10 minutes quicker than current rail journeys. Sydney Olympic Park to Parramatta will be less than 6 minutes – about 18 minutes faster than now. And Five Dock to the city will take less than 10 minutes – about 35 minutes faster than the current public transport journey.
Major centres will also be serviced by significantly more trains. Parramatta currently has 56 trains an hour, but that will more than double to 116 with Sydney Metro. This means rail capacity at Parramatta will go from 65,440 customers an hour to 157,600 customers.
The tender process for Metro West has already started with the NSW Government calling for expressions of interest for the mega project’s first two major infrastructure packages – the delivery of twin tunnels between Westmead and The Bays.
The EIS reveals the new twin metro tunnels will be built on average 38 metres underground, the equivalent of a 13 storey building.
The community is able to provide feedback from today until 26 June. This is one of three EISs for the project due to its scale, and the community will have further opportunities to comment.