The NSW Government is focused on making Western Sydney a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Connecting communities

Connecting people to their workplace and to one another, safely and quickly, is a key priority of this Government. The Government is acting on plans to realise the 30-minute city ambition by funding the planning of a sustainable transport network that considers the movement of people and freight to support liveable and productive communities. Safe and reliable transport connections that support a 24/7 economy in Western Sydney are being considered in the planning of the future transport network.

This Budget allocates more than $16.0 billion in transport infrastructure in Western Sydney to support growth, including $2.8 billion in 2022-23. The increase in infrastructure investment in Western Sydney will continue to unlock the economic potential of the region and provide the critical transport links for the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport and surrounding employment areas.

Funding for upgrades to key roads, such as Mulgoa Road, will support economic growth and productivity by improving connections to Western Sydney employment lands and the Aerotropolis. Upgrades will also deliver local safety improvements and promote sustainable transport options by providing active transport facilities and possible future public transport needs.

Key investments and initiatives in this Budget include the following:

  • $236.0 million in 2022-23 on Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 to support growth in Western Sydney, creating new communities and connecting places.

  • $602.4 million on Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 ($26.2 million in 2022-23) to commence the detailed planning and early works, which will include the delivery of a new bridge crossing the Parramatta River between Wentworth Point and Melrose Park.

  • $220.1 million in 2022-23 ($1.5 billion over four years) on the Western Sydney Growth Roads Program to accommodate population and employment growth in Western Sydney. Key projects include:

    • Mulgoa Road upgrades (state and federally funded)

    • The Horsley Drive, M7 motorway to Cowpasture Road (state and federally funded)

    • Appin Road Improvements (Commonwealth Government-funded)

    • Spring Farm Parkway Stage 1

    • Mamre Road, M4 Motorway to Erskine Park Road

    • Memorial Avenue, Old Windsor Road to Windsor Road

    • Western Sydney Long-Term Strategic Transport Corridor Preservation

  • $205.6 million in 2022-23 ($1.2 billion over four years) towards the M12 Motorway to support the Western Sydney International Airport. The M12 Motorway provides direct access to the airport, running east-west, linking the M7 Motorway and The Northern Road. It will also improve the movement of freight in and through Western Sydney.

  • $74.0 million in 2022-23 ($243.1 million over three years) on Prospect Highway, Reservoir Road to St Martins Crescent to improve road safety for all road users, reduce congestion leading to improved travel times, and increase network efficiency.