As part of its $15 billion Sydney West metro line, the Berejiklian Government has announced a new underground stop at the expanding Westmead Health and education precinct. The new stop will be a real game changer for Westmead, especially as the current line will be at capacity within 10 years and will not be able to meet the growing demands of a growing hospital and surrounding precinct.
The new stop is in addition to the new metro stations previously announced for Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park that will support future residential and business investment in the region. It is expected that the driverless metro trains will deliver a 20 minute trip from Parramatta to Sydney CBD for Western Sydney residents.
The state government is currently exploring the viability of adding two additional stops at Rydalmere and Camellia. This will, however, add additional time to the trip and Transport Minister Andrew Constance has committed to further consultation with community and industry to determine the right balance before coming to a final decision, saying "there was a balance to be reached in deciding on the number of stations and the travel time for a journey between Parramatta and the CBD”.
The project is expected to commence in 2022 and be complete in the late 2020's.