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Sydney Airport chief executive Geoff Culbert will spend the next three years coming up with ideas to improve public transport links, including upgrading the existing rail connection to the CBD, after receiving $170 million in compensation for the new Sydney Gateway motorway.
The NSW government said on Wednesday it would spend up to $2.6 billion building a new motorway connecting the airport to the WestConnex tollroad, and will pay the airport for using 9.8 hectares of its land.
The airport, which won't receive the $170 million payment for three years, wants to use the money to improve rail and bus services, Mr Culbert told The Australian Financial Review.
"It could be increasing the number of services, it could be improving the [train] carriages so they are more suitable for passengers travelling with bag, and we're even contemplating something like a downtown check in akin to what you have in Hong Kong," he said.
Sydney Gateway will link Sydney Airport to the new WestConnex tollroad at St Peters. Sydney Airport
"There's a clear agreement between us and the government to pursue these ideas and see if we can land anything."
While a new metro link to the airport was not currently under consideration by the NSW government, the airport would be "interested in having that discussion" if it that were to be a possibility, Mr Culbert said.
"The other opportunity is to metronise the existing train so therefore you upgrade the rolling stock, you re-power the lines - that enables you to get a single carriage train into the airport, more frequent services and all the other benefits that go with the metro."
This article first appeared on www.afr.com
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