The Federal Government will clarify its position on a rail line to the planned Western Sydney Airport in the next few months, urban infrastructure minister Paul Fletcher has told a Parramatta gathering.
Fletcher spoke at a Western Sydney development conference late last week, and said rail would be a key part of the future Western Sydney Airport.
The Government announced a $5.3 billion equity investment to build Sydney’s second major airport in the last Budget. Despite saying the airport will be built for a future rail development, the Government has faced strong pressure from local representatives, the Labor Party, and the Greens, to ensure a rail line is operational from day one of the project.
Fletcher said while the airport was still being developed to be “rail ready”, the Government is still looking into its options.
“We … recognise the role that rail will play in the long term development of the airport and Western Sydney,” he told the Parramatta conference.
“This is why the Turnbull Government and Berejiklian Government are jointly conducting a scoping study on the rail needs of Western Sydney and Western Sydney Airport.
“This work is asking the question: what is the right route, when should it be built, how much will it cost and how should it be funded?
“The study is close to completion and I anticipate the two governments will have more to say about its findings in coming months.”