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The new Sydney Metro line to Western Sydney airport will lead to long term benefits for the rail industry and the wider economy said Caroline Wilkie, CEO of the Australasian Railway Association (ARA).
“It will not only create jobs to support our post COVID-19 recovery, but will also generate new opportunities for business and industry in years to come.”
The injection of an extra $3.5 billion from the state and federal government to get the project underway in 2020 was announced on Monday, June 1.
“This is exactly the kind of jobs creating infrastructure investment the country needs right now and we are pleased to see this important project getting underway this year,” said Wilkie.
Western Sydney Airport Chair Paul O’Sullivan said that the new rail line will be essential to ensuring the airport’s economic impact.
“Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport will not only ensure that the Airport is connected to the city’s rail network, it will complement the Airport’s ability to create economic growth and opportunities for the region, creating jobs for the people of Western Sydney and providing new ways for people to get around.”
When making the announcement on June 1, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that the line will be opened at the same time as the airport, in 2026, a goal that Wilkie welcomed.
“A direct rail connection from day one only strengthens the case for the airport precinct as the region seeks to attract more businesses to western Sydney as part of the development,” Wilkie said.
“This gives the region the best chance of making the most of the opportunities the airport precinct presents.”
NSW Labor has supported the project, however noted that local content must be prioritised.
“NSW businesses must be given priority in supplying construction materials and services to build this important rail link,” said NSW Labor deputy leader Yasmin Catley.
Wilkie said that the investment now would pay dividends for years to come.
“Investment in rail projects like this one provides much more than just a short-term boost as part of our recovery,” she said.
“This is a great example of state and federal governments working together to make sure economic stimulus measures deliver tangible and lasting benefits to our communities.”
This article first appeared on www.railexpress.com.au
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