The government also confirmed that it would spend $A 28bn over the next four years to continue delivering the Sydney Metro City and Southwest project and to start construction of the Sydney Metro West, and Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport projects.

Parramatta light rail will receive more than $A 500m in 2020-21 year as major construction continues along the line. Stage two, which would add a line from Parramatta to Sydney Olympic Park, did not receive any funding.

More than $A 1.1bn is allocated in 2020-21 to the More Trains, More Services programme, which comprise improvements to suburban infrastructure on the Illawarra, Airport and South Coast lines to boost capacity as well as the introduction of new trains. The programme will receive $A 4bn over the next four years.

Regional NSW received a commitment of $A 43m for the Regional Rail Fleet programme which will involve the purchase of new rolling stock and the construction of a maintenance facility in Dubbo.

Fast rail, the project to upgrade conventional lines to support 160-200km/ operation, will also receive $A 31m in 2020-21 and $A 258m over the next four years.

NSW minister for transport and roads, Mr Andrew Constance, says continued investment in the transport network would enable the NSW economy to weather future shocks and deliver on the government’s vision of a connected Greater Sydney.

“By 2024, Sydney will have 31 metro railway stations and a 66km standalone metro railway system, revolutionising the way our city travels,” Constance says. “The Sydney Metro West project alone will help double rail capacity between Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD, transforming Sydney for generations to come.”

For in-depth report on Sydney Metro's development plans, see the October 2020 issue of IRJ, p26, or click here.

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