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North-south rail line residents urged to have their say by May 18

The NSW Government has this week released corridor preservation plans for the M9 Outer Sydney Orbital, which is a proposed motorway to extend between the Hume Motorway near Menangle in the south and Box Hill in the north.

The NSW Government has also recently released plans for a corridor to allow development of a North South Rail Line for passenger services to run between St Mary’s in the north and Macarthur in the south, via the new Western Sydney Airport.

It is all part of the plans to provide a rail link to the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek.

The airport is due to open eight years from now in 2026 and initially only the rail line to St Marys will be built by then.

In the meantime, the government has devised a plan to preserve corridors for the south and south west rail link to the new airport.

No date has been set on construction or when land will be required by the government.

But people who live anywhere along the north-south or south west corridor corridor are being encouraged to give early feedback to the state government.

As part of the pre-planning, to avoid existing communities as well as to preserve bushland, tunnel sections have been identified between St Marys and south of the M4 Motorway, and between Oran Park and the Main South Line near Macarthur.

In addition, a South West rail link extension corridor is proposed to extend from Leppington Station to North Bringelly, to connect with the North South Rail Line corridor.

Plans have also been unveiled for a Western Sydney Freight Line corridor between the M7 Motorway and the planned Outer Sydney Orbital’s freight rail corridor.

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said the NSW Government was listening to local communities, doorknocking homes in affected areas and keen to hear feedback on suggested corridors, including from residents in the northern part of his electorate.

“Residents, councils, community groups, and local businesses across Camden, Wollondilly, Penrith and Liverpool LGAs have a couple of months, until May 18, 2018, to speak up on these all important planned corridors,” Mr Taylor said.

“We need to drive it and make it happen.

“The 200,000 jobs around the airport, the next stage of road upgrades like The Northern Road, getting the rail started which is a massive project in its own right, these will all mean better access to work for residents across northern Hume, and less time travelling in the car.”

An interactive map is available via the NSW Department of Transport, showing corridors under consideration, which allows interested parties to provide feedback.

Information sessions are being held in local areas during April and May or you can provide feedback online.

 

 

 

 

 

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