Work on the State’s first fast rail network is about to begin, delivering faster connections between regional cities and Sydney including Newcastle and Port Macquarie, the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has announced.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the initial $295 million investment in a fast rail network is only possible because of the strong economic management of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.
“Last year we appointed High Speed Rail expert Professor Andrew McNaughton to confirm the most appropriate routes, train speeds and station locations and now we are taking the next steps to make fast rail a reality,” Mr Constance said.
“This initial $295 million commitment should be seen as a down payment on our future investment. We are committed to getting the early work done, so that we can move ahead in delivering a truly revolutionary rail system to connect NSW.”
Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch welcomed the announcement, which will see Central Coast and Hunter commuters experience shorter travel times.
“An initial $80 million will be invested to develop a new rail alignment between Woy Woy and Northern Sydney, putting in place the building blocks for the fast rail that will give people greater choice about where they live and how they commute to work,” Mr Crouch said.
“The initial investment will also investigate potential tunnelling options which will support high speed trains to better connect the Central Coast to Sydney.”
Liberal candidate for the Entrance Brian Perrem said this initial investment in fast rail would mean future generations won’t have to choose between the Central Coast lifestyle and access to job and educational opportunities.
“Fast rail will make it easier to invest, do business, and build a life in our beautiful region,” Mr Perrem said.
Liberal candidate for Gosford Sue Dengate said the initial investment in faster transport infrastructure for communities like Gosford and Woy Woy was about taking the pressure off families so they can spend less time on the train and more time with their families.
Liberal candidate for Newcastle Blake Keating said identifying Sydney to Newcastle as a future fast rail route would attract further investment to the revitalised city.
“We’ve just opened up the Newcastle Light Rail and the city is thriving, so a Sydney to Newcastle route is a no-brainer,” Mr Keating said.
The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to starting construction of a fast rail network, linking regional centres to each other and Sydney, in the next term of Government.