Demand for transport services in the corridor between Sydney CBD and Parramatta is high, and growing. This reﬂects high levels of employment and population growth along the corridor, and the corridor’s role as a conduit for servicing growing transport demand between Western Sydney and the Sydney CBD.
Between 2016 and 2036, an extra 420,000 people and 300,000 jobs are expected to be located in the corridor between Greater Parramatta and central Sydney.
Future employment and population growth in the corridor will be largely driven in part by ﬁve key precincts: Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, The Bays and Sydney CBD.
The 2015 Australian Infrastructure Audit projected that passenger demand on the existing T1 Western Line (which is more than a century old) would increase by about 50% between 2011 and 2031. In March 2019, the T1 Western Line moved on average over 20,000 people between 8 am and 9 am and operated at above 150% of seated capacity.
The initiative would provide a direct metro rail connection between Westmead and the Sydney CBD, linking communities not previously serviced by rail as well as supporting growth in areas between the two CBDs. This initiative has the potential to transform communities, create new ones and link them using a new state-of-the-art public transport system.
A new metro rail service would be able to move about 40,000 people an hour in each direction, and would work together with the T1 Western Line to service the growing needs of Western Sydney. This would effectively double the rail capacity of the Greater Parramatta to Sydney CBD corridor.
The initiative would be integrated with long-term transport and land use planning for Western Sydney, including rail needs currently being investigated around the future Western Sydney Airport.
The NSW Government is progressing planning for a metro connection between the Sydney CBD and Westmead. In October 2019, the NSW Government announced a preferred alignment and station locations.
Proponent to complete business case development (Stage 3 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).