Connect the North-South Rail Link to the Sydney Metro Northwest
Published on 22 March 2018
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne is calling on both the State and Federal Governments to launch investigations into how the north-south rail link could be connected to Sydney Metro Northwest, to enable Hills residents, business owners and employees access to the future Western Sydney Airport.
Mayor Byrne envisaged the north-south rail link would start at Cudgegong Road Station in Rouse Hill then travel through to Marsden Park and onto the future Western Sydney Airport.
“I commend both the NSW and Federal Governments for coming to the table to fund a study to finalise a route and station locations for the new north-south rail link,” Mayor Byrne said.
“It’s really exciting news, but I just don’t understand why investigations only extend to Schofields, instead of looking into how the new Sydney Metro Northwest could be linked to the new airport line.
“Within the next 15 years, another 100,000 people will call The Hills their ‘home’ taking its population well above 250,000. The Hills is also home to 20,000 businesses employing approximately 80,000 people and these numbers are set to double over the next 30 years. These businesses and residents would likely use the Western Sydney Airport to catch a flight across Australia and to destinations all over the world.
“It just doesn’t make any sense to have the connection begin at Schofields, instead of linking it to Cudgegong Road Railway Station to allow north-west residents to travel with ease to the airport.
“The Hills Shire Council has continued to voice its support for this very important connection and has done so for many years.
“Without easy access via a north-south rail link, hundreds of thousands of residents living in north-west Sydney will miss out on jobs and easy access into the south-west, as well as into the new airport and the education facilities out that way. And, accessible public transport to the airport is vital for economic growth and the success of Sydney’s second airport.
“I hope they reconsider their plans and continue the train line to Cudgegong Road Railway Station,” Mayor Byrne added.