New South Wales (NSW) transport minister Gladys Berejiklian has announced that work has started on the skytrain and the new Kellyville railway station, as part of the NSW government’s $8.3bn North West Rail Link project.

One of the eight new stations to be built for the route, Kellyville station will have 1,360 car parking spaces, as well as bus, taxi and bicycle facilities.

"The NSW budget includes $863 million this year to get on with major construction of the North West Rail Link, Australia’s first fully automated, high-capacity rapid transit network."

Geotechnical drilling work is currently underway at Kellyville, as well as along the rest of the skytrain route, to determine the ground conditions where the 112 skytrain piers are expected to be built.

Approximately $5.2bn will be invested in the North West Rail Link, with the construction of new railway tunnels and the 4km-long skytrain between Bella Vista and Rouse Hill.

Berejiklian said: "The NSW budget includes $863 million this year to get on with major construction of the North West Rail Link, Australia’s first fully automated, high-capacity rapid transit network.

"The new Kellyville and Rouse Hill stations are the two stations that will be built on the skytrain itself. At Kellyville, the station will be elevated roughly 13m above the ground."

The North West Rail Link is the first stage of Sydney Rapid Transit rail network, which includes a second Sydney Harbour rail crossing and a western extension to Bankstown.