Western Sydney Airport Metro: bid to expand line from Aerotropolis to
Glenfield via Leppington
More than $150 million has been set aside to expand the Western Sydney
Airport Metro from the Aerotropolis to Glenfield - a large chunk of which
is set aside for property acquisition.
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June 22, 2022 - 5:35PM
WORK on the new Western Sydney Airport has so far taken four million hours,
shifted 23 million cubic metres of earth and shipped in 5.8 million tonnes
of sandstone from WestConnex and the Sydney Metro tunnels. This project is
on the same scale as the Sydney Harbour Bridge – we’re moving 26 million
cubic metres of earth in a metropolitan city, it’s incredible,” dump truck
operator Jayne Sheehy said.
Property owners in Sydney’s southwest are being told to brace for
widespread property acquisitions — after the NSW Government revealed it
secured funding for the southeastern extension of the Sydney Metro Western
Sydney Airport project.
Tuesday’s NSW Budget revealed funding to build a business case to extend
the Metro line from the current southern terminus at Aerotropolis to
Glenfield via Leppington.
A massive $60 million was committed to planning a business case for the
development of the extended airport metro line, while a further $95 million
has been reserved for hardship property acquisitions, according to budget
Property acquisition specialist David Newhouse said residents facing
government buyouts should expected to be lowballed by the NSW Government
and expect “delays”
“Sydney Metro took more than 6 months, following the announcement of the
Hunter Street CBD station, before offers were issued, leaving businesses
and property owners in limbo,” he said. “Typically, Sydney Metro has
lowballed owners causing unnecessary stress and hardship, as owners are
forced to participate in a lengthy process to achieve a fair result.
“In recent times, Sydney Metro has become less likely to negotiate with
owners, adopting a take or leave it approach, which is forcing more owners
to go to the Valuer-General to receive fair compensation.”
In evidence submitted to the parliamentary inquiry into property
acquisitions, Mr Newhouse said clients who pursued an independent valuation
by the Valuer General following a breakdown in negotiations with Sydney
Metro had received “nearly five times more in compensation from the
Valuer-General than what was offered by Sydney Metro”.
Mr Newhouse told the inquiry one affected business owner revealed Sydney
Metro offered just $32,000 in compensation, however, the Valuer General
determined a 542 per cent increase be paid out.
He said another business owner was offered $414,000 following compulsory
acquisition discussions with Sydney Metro, but the Valuer General ordered
the government to pay out $1.916 million in compensation.
Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun called on the NSW Government to “expand the
business case” to include a connection from the Western Sydney Aerotropolis
to the Liverpool CBD.
“Putting it simply, Liverpool is the city’s third major CBD and it is on a
path to success — if it gets the right infrastructure support from the
government,” Cr Mannoun said.
“We would like to see the Metro extended from the Aerotropolis via
Leppington and extend past Glenfield and onto Liverpool to provide the
opportunity for a future link with the Sydney Metro Southwest at Bankstown.”
While Shadow Transport spokeswoman Jo Haylen called on the government to
consider heavy rail options as well as the driverless Metro.
“We can’t afford to see any repeat of the bad practices from this
government on property acquisitions they did in the past,” she said.
“All residents involved deserve due process, respect, and a fair settlement.
“It’s important that the Government proceeds with the business case as
quickly as possible — any business case should include a comparison between
metro and heavy rail so Western Sydney gets the best transport service
possible, along with value for money.”
A Sydney Metro spokeswoman told *NewsLocal *the Western Sydney Airport
Metro “will extend from Western Sydney Aerotropolis to Glenfield, via
Leppington and will connect to the new Western Sydney International
The funding allocation matches that of the federal budget in May.
“The final business case for stage two will provide the design, economic
assessment and cost estimation to inform an investment decision for
construction of the extension,” the spokeswoman said.
“This includes proposed new station locations, which will be confirmed in
future planning assessments.
A metro line between the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and Leppington was
identified as part of the Future Transport Strategy 2056. In June 2020,
Transport for NSW protected transport corridors in the Western Parkland
City to prepare for the project.
On Tuesday, 21 June 2022 at 23:15:47 UTC+10 TP wrote:
> This is how the metro plan currently stands with the proposal for an
> extension of the Western Sydney Metro line to Glenfield:
> [image: Screenshot 2022-06-21 at 23-04-39 Sydney Metro update.png]
> Tony P
> On Tuesday, 21 June 2022 at 18:31:19 UTC+10 TP wrote:
>> Details of the main transport components of the 2022 NSW Budget:
>> Tony P
>> On Tuesday, 21 June 2022 at 16:47:32 UTC+10gregsut...@...