A railway connection from Campbelltown to Rouse Hill is a “vital” project a recent state and federal government report has found.
The draft Western Sydney Rail Options Paper said the connection would play an important role in connecting the south west and north west Sydney growth centres.
Christopher Brown, the convenor of the Western Sydney Rail Alliance – a group that includes Campbelltown and Camden councils – welcomed the recommendation.
“The western Sydney airport represents a new era for the region and it is vital that our booming cities in the south-west and north-west are connected to it from the outset,” he said.
“The best way to link western Sydney with western Sydney airport is via a north-south rail corridor, connecting Rouse Hill to Campbelltown.
“This link will not only catalyse airport-induced development and jobs for the fastest growing areas in the state but provide improved access for cities that currently lack any public transport options.
“This is, after all, not Sydney’s second airport, but western Sydney’s first airport and a north-south rail connection is the best way to provide the region’s future generation with the smart jobs of tomorrow.”
Funnelling passengers to and from Sydney to the western Sydney airport via a high speed rail line was necessary, but it wasn’t the priority, Mr Brown said.
“We will eventually need a high speed rail link from Badgerys to the Sydney CBD when the new airport overtakes Mascot as our primary international gateway decades into the future,” he said.
“The alliance has always supported an integrated rail network, not just a line, including east west metro rail extensions, freight lines and even high speed rail.
“However, an express service from the CBD to Badgerys Creek should not be the first priority and could be dismissed as a western Sydney bypass as it would deny the region the benefits of the new airport in our midst.
Campbelltown Council general manager said the line was “an issue of equity for the south west”.
“Liveability, connectivity and choice are key focus areas for our city’s development,” she said.
“While this project centres around connectivity, council will need to work with key stakeholders on the remaining focus areas to maximise the opportunities for Campbelltown city.
“The south west Sydney community stands to gain significant benefit from this connection, as opposed to other options which focus on connecting the Sydney and Parramatta CBDs to the new airport.”
Cr George Brticevic – who is the favourite to be elected Campbelltown mayor next Tuesday – said the project would be welcomed by locals.
“Any extensions to the railway network is welcomed infrastructure in relation to jobs growth,” he said.
“It will also assist in reducing trucks and cars from congested road networks.”