Western Sydney College additionally referred to as for the federal government to reverse its resolution to not construct a station at its campus at Werrington, describing it as “extraordinarily disappointing and quick sighted”.
“With out reconsideration of the station choices, the metro [rail line] may have little long-term financial profit for the schooling, well being and knowledge-intensive industries in western Sydney,” it stated. “The NSW authorities should ship a rail line that helps job technology.”
However Transport Minister Andrew Constance stated the price of a station at Werrington outweighed the advantages, which may very well be achieved elsewhere alongside the route. “It is not going to be reconsidered,” he stated.
Mr Constance additionally dominated out reconsidering the rail alignment of different station places, which had been confirmed “by an in depth planning course of”.
Below the plans, six stations will likely be constructed alongside the road through the airport at Badgerys Creek, together with at Luddenham and Orchard Hills.
Sydney College’s issues centre on the “extent of land recognized for acquisition” from its 161-hectare property close to the doorway to the airport.
About 40 hectares has been recognized by Sydney Metro for acquisition, considerably greater than a nine-hectare hall initially earmarked in authorities planning paperwork. The additional 31 hectares consists of greater than 600 metres of frontage to Elizabeth Drive reverse the airport.
“The mission may have a big impression on the property on account of land acquisition, entry restriction and land fragmentation,” the college stated in a submission.
A Sydney Metro spokesman stated the college land recognized for acquisition had been “totally thought of and is required for each the rail hall and related building actions”.
Labor’s spokesman for western Sydney, Greg Warren, stated the issues of the colleges and different stakeholders shouldn’t be dismissed.
“If the federal government will get the placement of the … line and stations incorrect, then it will likely be present and future generations of western Sydney residents who in the end endure the results,” he stated.
Penrith Council additionally urged the federal government to launch the enterprise case for the rail mission so the rationale for the choice towards a station on the metropolis’s well being and schooling precinct may very well be understood. It was “upset” a station wouldn’t be constructed there.
The company expects to finish the entire acquisitions for the airport line by the top of this 12 months. It declined to disclose the overall budgeted value of the land acquisitions, aside from to say it was “inside the general mission prices”.
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Matt O’Sullivan is Metropolis Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald.