Construction work on a metro line connecting the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek to St Marys will begin before year’s end.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday said the metro line would be complete and operational when the under-construction airport is inaugurated in 2026.
Preliminary construction begins this year and the major works will start in 2021.
The metro line will run to St Marys train station, to the airport’s north, via Luddenham and Orchard Hills.
Commuters would then have to switch to the existing train network for onward travel to Parramatta or the Sydney CBD.
The federal and NSW governments will each tip in $1.75 billion for the metro, with Canberra taking up the cost burden in the project’s early stages.
“You can see it all happening – this is how Australia makes its way back out of the COVID-19 crisis,” Mr Morrison told reporters on Monday.
“These are job-making investments – when I talk about a “JobMaker” program, it’s through projects like this.”
Mr Morrison said the government would continue looking to expedite infrastructure projects amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the project would create 14,000 jobs, which she said was “music to her ears”.
“We know we have a job ahead of us of getting people into work, into sustainable jobs. Having those direct and indirect jobs is fantastic,” she told reporters.
The construction of the airport at Badgerys Creek is projected to cost $5.3 billion.