The schemes are set to kick off unprecedented levels of construction. During construction, they are expected to create in total more than 5,000 direct jobs per year and significantly more indirect jobs.
NSW premier Barry O’Farrell said that the expenditure on public transport infrastructure this year will be 32% greater than last year, a record $4.1bn. He said that the massive amount of capital investment showed the NSW government was committed to building infrastructure which will make a real difference to commuters. “This Government committed to addressing the public transport challenges in Sydney and here is the proof we are getting on with the job of delivering,” he said.
Over four years, the state budget includes:
- AU$4bn for construction of the 36km North West Rail Link, with the first tunnel boring machines due in the ground next year;
- AU$782m for the 11.4km South West Rail Link between Glenfield and Leppington, due for completion in 2016 but currently running six months ahead of schedule;
- AU$423m for a 12km light rail line;
- AU$885m for the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor;
- AU$224m for Wynyard Walk, a pedestrian link under the city to link up to 20,000 public transport commuters an hour with Barangaroo; and,
- AU$76m million for the Inner West Light Rail Extension, a 5.6km, due to open next year.