Conductor waves flag as train pulls out of the station.



Transport, employment and sustainable population growth are inextricably linked in Western Sydney.


The last 12 months has been an infrastructure bonanza with the Western Sydney Airport, Sydney Metro, Western Sydney Light Rail and the WestConnex attracting significant funds, however decades of neglect means there is still serious transport backlog; creating major problems for the region.


High levels of car ownership, necessitated by poor public transport provision, coupled with the dispersion of employment opportunities and facilities and services contribute further to transport stress and cost of living.


In its February report, Australian Infrastructure Plan: Priorities and reforms for our nation’s future, Infrastructure Australia identified access to transport, especially public transport as a critical economic and social equity considerations for the outer suburbs of Australia’s cities.


As highlighted by Prime Minister Turnbull, at the Western Sydney Out There Summit, roads are not enough. Operational railway lines, with stations, are what’s needed to attract commercial enterprise, service local economies and build local employment opportunities in the region.


Investment in a range of transport options is crucial, but even more important is where these investments are made. 


The CBD – centric nature of Sydney’s transport system, has left major transport gaps along Western Sydney Western Sydney’s north south axis. Future investment must focus on connecting Western Sydney with Western Sydney if the region’s economy is to flourish.


If transport is not addressed, a region that should be booming will be stifled by congestion.


Policy priorities:


  • Fair and equitable outcomes for the Western Sydney community with regards to the proposed Western Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek.
  • Construction of a rail link to Badgerys Creek in line with the construction of a proposed airport.
  • Scoping and construction of a north-south rail link between Hawkesbury and Campbelltown, connecting the North West and South West Priority Growth Areas with key employment zones such as the Western Sydney Employment Lands at Bagderys Creek.
  • A commitment to the next stages of the Western Sydney light rail at Parramatta.

  • Implemetation of lcoal integrated land use and transport plans.

  • Duplication of the Western rail line between Riverstone and Richmond to serve the North West Prioirty Growth Area.
  • Extension of the North West Rail Link to the Western rail line.
  • A Western Sydney freight line to link strategic intermodals, includign Eastern Creek and/or Badgerys Creek to Poirt Botany to remove freight from the roads.
  • Full funding for M5 duplication and M4 East – WestConnex.

  • Better links to Western Sydney's industrial areas and employment lands.

  • Increased Federal Government support for the Roads to Recovery Program.

  • Identification and reservation of outer Western Sydney rail and road corridors for long term growth.


Further information:

WSU Centre for Western Sydney: Addressing Western Sydney’s jobs slide (Published 7 April, 2016)

Parramatta City Council votes to fund airport feasibility study (Published 17 September, 2015)

Western Sydney councils: Peer review of Western Sydney Airport draft EIS – Part A (Published November, 2015)

Western Sydney councils: Peer review of Western Sydney Airport draft EIS – Part B (Published November, 2015)

Penrith City Council submission on the South West Rail Link Corridor Extension (Published, 2014)

WSROC Submission to the NSW Government's draft NSW Long Term Transport Masterplan (Published October, 2012)

WESTIR: Who works where and how do they get there? (2011 Census data)



WSROC media releases:

West demands a plan for Badgerys (Published 6 June, 2016)

Western leaders gather for regional transport forum (Published 6 June, 2016)

WSROC welcomes federal recognition of Badgerys flight impact  (Published 6 May, 2016)

Infrastructure plan touts connectivity but short on rail  (Published 11 March, 2016)

Airport link must galvanise the West  (Published 7 March, 2016)

Fast airport link needs more consideration  (Published 10 February, 2016)

Hubs must be supported by rail  (Published 9 February, 2016)

Opal card changes will encourage driving; WSROC  (Published 1 February, 2016)

WSROC votes for airport equality  (Published 16 December, 2015)

WSROC welcomes light links for second CBD  (Published 8 December, 2015)

Badgerys EIS fails government's own guidelines  (Published 7 December, 2015)

WSROC seeks review of Sydney toll inequity  (Published 4 December, 2015)

Badgerys EIS gaps must be addressed  (Published 26 November, 2015)

Transport corridor critical to Sydney’s economy  (Published 16 November, 2015)

Badgerys Creek must be more than just an airport  (Published 15 April, 2014

WSROC welcomes holistic approach to West (Published 20 June, 2016)


Western Sydney news articles:

Liverpool City Champion - Badgerys Creek airport plan uncertain says WSROC (Published 7 June, 2016)

Sydney Morning Herald - How was your nightmare commute this morning? (Published 7 June, 2016)

The Australian - Badgerys Creek 'needs to be more than just an airport' (Published 3 June, 2016)

Mt Druitt – St Marys Standard: Can you really live within 30 minutes of work, rest and play? (Published 11 May, 2016)

Sydney Morning Herald – Budget proposes rise then drop in funding for roads (Published 10 May, 2016)

Fairfield Advance - Councils back plan for rail along T-way between Liverpool and Parramatta (Published 5 May, 2016)

Western Weekender - You can almost hear the train coming (Published 5 May, 2016)

Penrith Press – Commitment to Western Sydney airport link, no word on north-south connection (Published 4 May, 2016)