The latest exciting urban transport project to come out of Sydney will take the NSW capital’s rail infrastructure – quite literally – to the next level.
Work officially commenced on Skytrain, a component of the NSW government’s $8.3 billion North West Rail Link programme, in late June. The Skytrain project, to which $340 million of this investment has been allocated, involves constructing four kilometres of elevated railway between Kellyville and Rouse Hill – a move that will bring numerous benefits to commuters and the long-term viability of the overall North West Rail Link project.
According to Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian, Skytrain will have limited adverse impact on surrounding transport infrastructure despite its substantial size and scale.
“The Skytrain is a great innovation which means the new railway line will not cut communities in two. Instead people and cars will be free to move around under it,” she explained.
“The new Kellyville station will deliver major benefits for the local community for generations to come, including 1,360 brand new commuter car parking spaces as well as new bus, taxi and bicycle facilities.”
She added that traffic disruptions would also be minimal during construction, as the majority of the work will be conducted above ground. In terms of actual height, Skytrain will be situated 13 metres above the road.
Two above-ground stations, located at Kellyville and Bella Vista, will complement the elevated track and boost access for commuters.
According to Ms Berejiklian, Skytrain is set to be completed and open to the public by 2019. Once it is up and running, it will form an integral part of the North West Rail Link, a project whose importance Ms Berejiklian once again stressed.
“The North West Rail Link will change the way of life here for generations to come as an extra 200,000 people move to Sydney’s North West over coming decades, taking this region’s population above 600,000 – or twice the size of Canberra,” she pointed out.
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