AFTER nearly four years of work, including the installation of 53,000 rail sleepers and 31 kilometres of tracks, Sydney's $1.8 billion South West Rail Link between Glenfield and Leppington is now open, with trains on the new rail line operating every 30 minutes.
The project includes two new stations at Edmondson Park and Leppington and a train stabling facility for 20 trains at Rossmore. It also involved a major upgrade of the existing Glenfield Station and bus/rail interchange, which was completed in 2012.
Initially, trains on the new line will operate every 30 minutes between Leppington and Liverpool, with the journey taking around 15 minutes in each direction. Trains will connect customers with the T5 Cumberland Line, T2 South Line and T2 Airport Line at Glenfield, and the T2 South Line, T3 Bankstown Line and T5 Cumberland Line at Liverpool.
NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Mike Baird joined Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian to officially open the 11.4 kilometre South West Rail Link between Glenfield and Leppington on Monday.
"The communities of South Western Sydney have waited far too long for a modern, reliable train line, and today this government has delivered," Mr Baird said.
"The South West Rail Link, including two brand new modern stations at Leppington and Edmondson Park, is now open to customers more than one year ahead of schedule and $300 million under budget.
"This rail line is a huge boost for Sydney's fastest growing region and shows when we say we'll deliver a major transport project – we deliver it."
Ms Berejiklian said the South West Rail Link has been built to meet the needs of South Western Sydney today and well into the future, and planning work has already started to extend the rail line to Badgerys Creek airport.
"Air conditioned trains will run on the new line every 30 minutes from 5am to midnight, seven days a week, and will take less than 16 minutes to travel to Glenfield or Liverpool where customers can connect with the CBD, Parramatta and the airport," the Minister said.
Photo 1: Leppington Station, June 2014 / Transport for NSW.
Photo 2: Leppington Station, June 2014 / Transport for NSW.
Photo 3: Edmondson Park Station, construction complete September 2014 / Transport for NSW.
Photo 4: Rossmore Stabling Yard / Transport for NSW.