POSITIVE POLICY

Western Sydney Rail

A Shorten Labor Government will tackle traffic congestion in western Sydney by building a missing rail link, connecting the north-west and south-west of Sydney, via the second Sydney Airport.

When complete, Sydneysiders will have a passenger rail network that allows north-south rail travel across western Sydney, and an outer orbital rail network.

Labor’s Western Sydney rail package includes $400 million made available to the New South Wales Government to get the project underway. The funding will allow planning and construction to run parallel with the development of the airport.

This initial funding will create over 1,000 local jobs in planning and construction.

The project will help drive development in western Sydney potentially including value capture, including at the new airport. Potential other points along the route include the Sydney Science Park and University of Western Sydney campuses.

Sydney is a rapidly growing city.

Infrastructure Australia forecasts that 84 per cent of New South Wales’ population increase will occur in Sydney. Currently, most commuters travelling between home and work outside of the CBD have little practical choice other than to drive.

The second Sydney airport is estimated to host up to 9,000 permanent jobs by 2030, which is why it is so important to invest in the vital infrastructure to ensure people in western Sydney have access to these jobs.

The Abbott-Turnbull Liberal Government cut funding to public transport when they were elected, and are now trying to play catch up. Since the Liberals were elected public sector infrastructure funding has fallen across Australia.

We’ve lost three years under the Liberals, and Australia can’t afford to lose any more.

Labor is the party of nation-building. Our infrastructure investments in growth areas will ensure that Western Sydney has the rail it needs to manage its growth and drive job creation.

Infrastructure Australia lists a Western Sydney Airport public transport connection as one of its national priorities.

Labor’s commitments are contingent on a positive assessment from Infrastructure Australia, consistent with our position that all major infrastructure projects need to go through a thorough and detailed assessment prior to securing funds.

These infrastructure projects are an important part of Labor’s cities policy. 

Labor believes that the Federal Government should be involved in cities. With 80 per cent of Australians living in cities, how we plan and design our cities is vital to making them productive, sustainable and livable. 

The proposed connection has support from local councils and the National Growth Areas Alliance.

A Shorten Labor Government will work to get people out of traffic and to their destination quicker.

For more information on Labor’s Plan for Western Sydney Rail, please see here.