Feb 21, 2011

Governments sign up for Parramatta to Epping Rail Link

Governments sign up for Parramatta to Epping Rail Link

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 21 2011

The Gillard Labor Government and the Keneally Labor Government have today signed the Intergovernmental Agreement for the Parramatta to Epping Rail Link.

This is a milestone in the delivery of the Parramatta to Epping Rail Link – a crucial piece of nation building infrastructure for New South Wales.

This rail project is part of the Gillard Labor Government’s plan to build a modern economy and promote a sustainable Australia, matching Government services with population growth and improving infrastructure in our major cities.

The Gillard Government is investing $2.1 billion towards the construction of this project, with the NSW Government investing $520 million to finalise planning and early construction work.

The 14 kilometre Parramatta to Epping Rail Link involves upgrading five stations at Parramatta, Telopea, Dundas, Rydalmere, and Carlingford, and a new station at Rosehill-Camellia.

The Parramatta to Epping Rail Link will:

  • directly link Sydney’s second CBD of Parramatta with employment centres in the North West such as Macquarie Park, North Ryde, and Chatswood
  • cut travel time between Chatswood and Parramatta by about 25 minutes
  • improve the development of the Western Express Services between Western Sydney and the City by increasing capacity on the Western Line.

The project is important for the people of Western Sydney, finally providing the missing link between Parramatta and Chatswood.

It will improve capacity on the Western Line, with more seats for workers in Western Sydney travelling to the city.

Planning in this important project is already underway, with pre-construction activities starting this year.

The Federal Government is funding urban rail infrastructure projects in each of the mainland capital cities.

Completion of the Parramatta to Epping Rail Link is targeted for 2017.