19 June, 2018

Sydney CBD aerial

Major projects benefitting public transport customers and road users who travel in and around Sydney’s CBD have scored funding in the 2018-19 NSW Budget.

The boost is part of the NSW Government’s $14.4 billion spend on public transport and infrastructure across the state, an investment designed to fuel the State’s infrastructure boom while providing quality services for customers.

A key transport announcement in this year’s budget is the NSW Government’s major plan to push ahead with the Western Metro, reserving an initial $3 billion for the game changing project and investing $28 million to accelerate the completion of the final business case to get on with the next stage.

Sydney Metro West will be Sydney’s next big underground metro railway, linking the CBD with Parramatta and Westmead via The Bays Precinct and Sydney Olympic Park, with work underway to determine other stations along the route.

The funding will allow Sydney Metro to start:

  • Designing new metro railway stations and precincts to get the best outcomes for customers and communities;
  • The planning approvals process, continuing the community and industry consultation that has been taking place.

In addition to reserving an initial $3 billion for Metro West, the budget includes a total of $4.3 billion for the Sydney Metro network, including $1.9 billion to continue building Sydney Metro City and Southwest, and $2.4 billion to complete Sydney Metro Northwest.

Extra Inner West Light Rail services are being funded in the 2018 NSW Budget as part of a $15.6 million boost to the Growth Services Program, which also includes more than 2,000 additional weekly bus services announced earlier this month.

With the popularity of the Inner West Light Rail between Central and Dulwich Hill continuing to surge, an 35 extra services per week will be added from August 2018.

On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, light rail customers will see more services during the day.

Between 10am to 2pm, extra services will improve frequency from 13 to 12 minutes, in line with the schedule already in place on the popular Wednesday services. The change will mean a 12 minute frequency on all weekdays between 10am and 3pm.

The peak period, currently between 4pm and 6pm, will be extended. Customers will be able to catch the light rail every 8 minutes from 3pm through to 7pm.

Rail commuters and visitors to the CBD will also benefit from the budget’s focus on delivering further fleet enhancements, including $496 million to continue delivering the New Intercity Fleet for Central Coast, Newcastle, Blue Mountains and Illawarra customers, and over $400 million for new trains to service the Sydney Trains network.

Sydney road users, including those who travel into the CBD, will also benefit from the budget’s overall $9.1 billion road, maritime and freight investment.

This includes a $600 million boost for road safety, bringing the total allocation to $1.9 billion over five years to improve road safety in NSW, and $281 million for easing congestion at pinch points across Sydney.

To see the full 2018-19 budget visit www.treasury.nsw.gov.au

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