The New South Wales government has committed $6.4 billion in funding over four years for six major public transport infrastructure projects in the state.
The projects all aim to improve vehicle and pedestrian congestion in the CBD area, with some projects already underway.
The projects include:
A total of $4 billion for the North West Rail Link, with work on the ground due to begin next year. The $8.3 billion project will include eight new railway stations at Cherrybrook, Castle Hill, Showground, Norwest, Bella Vista, Kellyville, Rouse Hill and Cudgegong Road.
The project will link 15km of tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping and include parking spaces for 4000 cars. It is scheduled for completion in 2019.
A total of $782 million for the 11.4km South West Rail link between Glenfield and Leppington. The project includes an upgrade of Glenfield station and interchange and two new stations at Edmondson Park and Leppington, including new parking spaces.
The project is due to be completed in 2016. The government said it is currently running six months ahead of schedule.
A total of $423 million for a light rail project in the Sydney CBD connecting Circular Quay, Central, Moore Park, Randwick Racecourse, the University of NSW and the Prince of Wales hospital. The $1.6 billion project is expected to begin in 2014 and will take five to six years to complete.
Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian recently announced the NSW government had signed agreements with Randwick City Council, Centennial Parklands and the University of NSW for the project.
“The key to successful delivery lies in developing strong working relationships with our key partners,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The agreements signed with Randwick City Council, Centennial Parklands and UNSW set out matters of importance to all parties and provide a foundation for an ongoing partnership that will support the efficient delivery of light rail.”
A total of $885 million for the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor, a joint federal government and NSW government project to improve the main north line between Strathfield and Broadmeadow.
A total of $224 million for a pedestrian link in the Sydney CBD to connect Wynyard to the CBD western corridor and Barangaroo. Wynyard Walk will include a 3.5m high underground pedestrian walkway, a new paved plaza at Kent and Napoleon Streets and a pedestrian bridge over Sussex Street.
Work on the project has already commenced and is expected to be completed in 2015.
A total of $76 million for the Inner West Light Rail Extension, which includes a new 5.6km line from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill. Services on the extended line are expected to begin in early 2014.
“This government is committed to addressing the public transport challenges in Sydney and here is the proof we are getting on with the job of delivering,” Barry O’Farrell, NSW Premier, said in a statement.
“From Leppington to Rouse Hill to the Central Coast and Randwick, over the coming years it will be impossible to travel around without seeing construction work underway on vital transport projects.”
O’Farrell said the government’s infrastructure spend will be 32 per cent higher than last year.
“We are facing an immense challenge to fund the backlog of critical infrastructure across NSW and this week’s budget will deliver targeted funding where it is desperately needed,” Mike Baird, Treasurer, said in a statement.