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Australia: NSW Boosts Services with $12.1 Billion Public Transport Budget

A staggering $12.1 billion is budgeted for public transport infrastructure and services so the NSW Government can continue to deliver transformational mega projects, boost services, and provide the best experience for commuters.

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New twin rail tunnels to go under Sydney Harbour and through the CBD © NSW Government

New South Wales Transport Infrastructure

NSW is again leading the country in public transport and infrastructure investment, which will transform the way people get around.

Mr Constance said the Government was matching Western Sydney’s booming growth with $25 million invested in planning and early work for Parramatta Light Rail, and $10 million towards new Parramatta to Sydney CBD ferries.

Mr Constance said:

“We’re improving frequencies on key routes, setting up new routes and importantly building the new infrastructure to grow and improve public transport in this state”

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New Train Impression © NSW

Mega Rail Projects

Investment in the ‘More Trains, More Services’ programme includes $658 million for 24 brand new air-conditioned suburban trains and extra services across the train network.

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More than $2.8 billion will go to the revolutionary Sydney Metro Northwest and City and Southwest program, which will have the capacity to move 40,000 people around the city an hour.

Another $1.4 billion will be invested in maintaining the Sydney Trains network, ensuring safe and reliable services for the 1.3 million customers that rely on it a day.

Regional NSW is also on track, seeing a new fleet of diesel XPT trains for NSW’s Regional fleet, with a $25 million commitment to advance planning and industry engagement.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said:

“The benefits from this massive investment will be seen around the state, no matter where you live. We want to ensure all communities receive their fair share.”

“We are committed to making public transport better for everyone, no matter if you live in the city, the suburbs, or the bush.”

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, said:

“We’ve already added a record 19,000 additional weekly public transport services since 2011, and this year we’ll see that number grow to almost 24,000 with more services in places across NSW like Penrith, Campbelltown, North Rothbury and Nelson Bay.”

Original article © Transport for NSW.

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