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Sydney metro west: New underground link will ease western line congestion

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NSW Premier Mike Baird has unveiled plans for a new $10 billion metro rail line from the city to Parramatta snaking through the Bays Precinct and Olympic Parkm.

The government will use money from the $16 billion sale of Ausgrid as well as private investment to construct the project, which has been dubbed “Sydney Metro West”.

The line will be largely underground and will relieve the huge pressure on the Western rail line, which is nearing 100 per cent capacity.

The government is promising to have the line operational in the second half of the 2020s, with work to begin within five years.

The new link comes on top of the Rouse Hill to Chatswood metro line, costing about $8.3 billion, and the $12 billion Sydney Metro project that runs from Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour to Barangaroo and the city and out to Bankstown.

It is understood the government would be open to the concept of extending the Parramatta to city line east to Malabar in time, as has been suggested, but it will wait to see the results of the community consultation process.

Mr Baird and Transport Minister Andrew Constance have given the green light to the Sydney West Metro, declaring it will “provide a direct connection between the CBDs of Parramatta and Sydney” and “serve growing communities along the route and a booming region for generations to come”.

“Sydney is experiencing an unrivalled public transport boom,” Mr Baird said.

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