Consortium chosen for Western Sydney Airport rail plan

03 March 2017 - 12:00 am UTC

Australia’s federal government has selected a consortium led by SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit to deliver designs and costings for rail and stations at Western Sydney Airport.

SNC along with Aquenta, Architectus, Norman Disney & Young, SMEC and Stacey Agnew will assess the feasibility and estimate the cost and time needed to connect rail to the new Western Sydney Airport site, also known as Badgery’s Creek.

The design options will be given to the government by July this year.

The first stage of the airport is due to be completed by 2026.

Minister for Urban Infrastructure, Paul Fletcher, said in a statement on Friday (3 March) that the rail feasibility design will come up with several rail and station options at the airport itself and “early preparatory activities” needed to connect rail to the airport site from the suburban network.

Before it gets this, the government will get recommendations on what rail should be built for the whole of western Sydney under the Joint Scoping Study of Rail Needs for Western Sydney.

This is being jointly undertaken by the federal and state governments and will be the main report backing advice to the government on what type of rail services should be linked to the airport.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he was keen to see rail at the new airport when the final airport plan was released on 12 December last year.

Sydney Airport Corporation has until May this year to decide whether it will take up its first right of refusal to build and operate the new airport, as reported.