The 2018 federal budget has set aside millions of dollars for the west to help make the most of Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek.
The Turnbull government has committed $50 million for a business case into the first stage of the North South rail link. This will include an investigation of integrated transport and delivery options for a full North South Rail Link from Schofields to Macarthur, with funding to be matched by the NSW Government.
The state and federal governments have made a joint commitment to connect the airport to rail by the time it opens in 2026. One of the major early criticisms of the airport was that it lacked a clear transport vision.
The total cost of the North South rail link is estimated to be as high as $7 billion.
The funding for the business case will build on the federal government’s significant investment in the west so far that includes up to $5.3 billion of equity to deliver the airport as well as $2.9 billion dedicated to better road linkages as part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan.
More funding is expected in future budgets, with a statement in the budget speech revealing that the Western Sydney Airport rail line will be part of the federal government’s “$75 billion, 10-year rolling infrastructure plan”.
The Western Sydney Airport is set to be a game changer for the western Sydney region, helping support an estimated 28,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2031.
The federal government has recognised that the airport will act as a major catalyst for the development of the broader Western Sydney region.
Western Sydney Airport Visitor Centre
Western Sydney can also look forward to a visitor and information centre for the Western Sydney Airport, which will receive $5 million from the federal government.
It will include an exhibition space, presentation and consultation facilities, and a viewing area that will allow the public to check out construction of the airport.
Further details about the latest budget can be found at https://www.budget.gov.au/.