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Services set for 2015 as SWRL completed

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> NSW premier Mike Baird and minister for transport Gladys Berejiklian have announced the completion of the South West Rail Link. </span> <div>SWRL is the new 11.4km rail line from Glenfield to Leppington. Construction also included the development of two new stations, located at Edmondson Park and Leppington, as well as a train stabling facility at Rossmore.<br /><br />Baird and Berejiklian announced the $2.1 billion project’s completion late last week, and said services were on track to begin early next year.<br /><br />The premier said the project had come in $300 million under budget and a year ahead of schedule. Following suit, he said, the now-underway tunnelling for the North West Rail Link was also ahead of schedule.<br /><br />“This project will help create new communities, and act as a catalyst for economic development, regional growth and job creation,” Mr Baird said.<br /><br />Berejiklian said customers using the SWRL will benefit from world class modern facilities including the two new stations, and an upgraded Glenfield Station. The project has resulted in 1,250 customer parking spaces added across the network.<br /><br />“This project was originally due to start carrying customers in 2016, and I am so pleased we have been able to finish construction ahead of schedule so that customers can start using train services early next year,” Berejiklian said.<br /><br />“Sydney Trains will shortly begin their testing, commissioning and staff training in preparation for the start of customer services.<br /><br />“Once this critical testing and training phase is complete, the South West Rail Link will be open to customers.”<br /><br />The announcement follows the opening of the Glenfield Junction Northern flyover in June. The flyover allows two trains to cross at the same time through Glenfield Junction, delivering more reliable services for customers, according to Transport for NSW.<br /><br />All in all, the SWRL project included 31.35km of new track, and 53,000 sleepers being laid. 100,000 tonnes of ballast is now in place, and 14 bridges have been built. The Rossmore stable has the capacity for up to 20 trains.