Pushback over land acquisitions for rail line to new Sydney airport

Western Sydney College additionally known 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 brief sighted”.

“With out reconsideration of the station choices, the metro [rail line] may have little long-term financial profit for the training, well being and knowledge-intensive industries in western Sydney,” it stated. “The NSW authorities should ship a rail line that helps job era.”

A station at Luddenham is one of six planned along the 23-kilometre rail line.

A station at Luddenham is one among six deliberate alongside the 23-kilometre rail line.

However Transport Minister Andrew Constance stated the price of a station at Werrington outweighed the advantages, which could possibly be achieved elsewhere alongside the route. “It won’t be reconsidered,” he stated.

Mr Constance additionally dominated out reconsidering the rail alignment of different station areas, which had been confirmed “by means of an in depth planning course of”.


Beneath the plans, six stations will probably be constructed alongside the road through the airport at Badgerys Creek, together with at Luddenham and Orchard Hills.

Sydney College’s considerations 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 contains greater than 600 metres of frontage to Elizabeth Drive reverse the airport.

“The undertaking 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 “completely thought-about and is required for each the rail hall and related building actions”.

Labor’s spokesman for western Sydney, Greg Warren, stated the considerations of the schools and different stakeholders shouldn’t be dismissed.

“If the federal government will get the placement of the … line and stations mistaken, then it is going to be present and future generations of western Sydney residents who in the end endure the implications,” he stated.

Penrith Council additionally urged the federal government to launch the enterprise case for the rail undertaking so the rationale for the choice towards a station on the metropolis’s well being and training precinct could possibly be understood. It was “disenchanted” a station wouldn’t be constructed there.

The company expects to finish the entire acquisitions for the airport line by the tip of this 12 months. It declined to disclose the full budgeted value of the land acquisitions, apart from to say it was “inside the total undertaking prices”.

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