South West Rail Link

The New South Wales (NSW) government has started consultation on a corridor for South West Rail Link extension to Sydney’s second airport.

According to NSW transport minister Gladys Berejiklian, the proposed rail corridor will link jobs, service hubs and communities in the south-west with Sydney’s existing and future public transport and roads networks.

"To begin with, when the airport’s air traffic will be less than 10% of that at Sydney Airport, access to the second Sydney airport will be provided through road upgrades, park and ride facilities and public transport services including new express buses," Berejiklian said.

"Melbourne International Airport is a perfect example of a major airport with significant public transport demands that are met by a fleet of express buses. Likewise, Perth, Canberra and Hobart airports rely on buses for their public transport needs."

The South West Rail Link extension will cost $100m less than the allocated budget of $2.1bn and is expected to become operational in 2015.

This will be extended to Badgerys Creek and on to St Marys, where it would connect with Western Line services, as well as south to Narellan.

Under the stage I, consultation on the proposed corridor and station locations will run through 6 June, while consultation on specific alignment options will begin later in 2014 as part of stage II.

Image: South West Rail Link extension, proposed corridor and core stations. Photo: courtesy of Transport for NSW.