Western Sydney Airport metro plans accelerated

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AUSTRALIA: Construction on the metro between the new Western Sydney International Airport and St Marys station is to begin this year. Confirmation came in May after the federal government announced a AUD5.25bn contribution to the AUD11bn project, also funded by the State of NSW.

The plans also confirmed that the line will now be 6km longer than initially envisaged, with plans to put part of St Marys station underground. Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport, will consist of six stations, two within the airport’s boundary, at the terminal and the business park.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison praised the influence of the new national cabinet in accelerating the project, saying: “This is how Australia makes its way out of the COVID-19 crisis, infrastructure projects like this one.” The project is expected to create up to 14,000 jobs.

In March, Australian Aviation reported that works were to start imminently on the next stage of the project to build a new terminal and runway at the airport, with 25 million cubic metres of earth moved to make way for the Nancy-Bird Walton terminal, runway, roads and rail connections.

Around a million hours have been spent and 1.8 million cubic metres of earth moved around the site since initial earthworks marked the start of work to build Western Sydney International in September 2018.