South West railway line, Sydney

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South West Rail Link
Mode Commuter rail
under construction
Owner Transport for New South Wales
Connects Glenfield, Leppington
Length 12 km
Stations 3
Key dates
2006 Concept plan exhibited
2008 2 stage delivery announced
2009 Construction of Stage 1 begins
2010 Construction of Stage 2 begins
2014 Expected completion of Stage 1
2015 Expected completion of Stage 2

The South West Rail Link is an extension of the Sydney Trains commuter rail network in Sydney, Australia. It is currently under construction and is intended to be the major piece of public transport infrastructure for the Sydney metropolitan area's "South West Growth Centre". When complete, it will consist of a 11.4 km (7.1 mi), double-track railway serving the developing suburbs of Leppington and Edmondson Park. The new line will connect with the existing Sydney Trains network at Glenfield and will also include a train stabling facility to the west of Leppington station. The project is being managed by Transport for New South Wales, an agency of the Government of New South Wales.


Diagram of the proposed line

The South West Rail Link was originally part of the Metropolitan Rail Expansion Program (MREP) proposed by the Carr Government in 2005,[1] along with the North West Rail Link and the CBD rail link. The three projects were to be integrated into a single operational sector, with trains from the south west running to the north west via the CBD Link. The other two components of the MREP were cancelled in 2008, but the South West Rail Link remained on the government's agenda. Plans for the North West Rail Link were resurrected in 2010, though it will now form part of the existing north west sector.

In March 2008, the Iemma Government indicated that construction would begin in 2009, with completion scheduled for 2012.[2] By October of that year the government had decided that delivery of the project would be divided into two stages. Stage one would comprise preliminary work around Glenfield station, and stage two would comprise the actual extension of the rail network to Leppington, stage two was deferred due to budget cuts.[3] On 14 November 2009, Premier Nathan Rees announced that construction of stage two of the South West Rail Link would begin in mid-2010, with completion scheduled for 2016.[4][5]


Stage one[edit]

Glenfield station new concourse building in December 2012
Glenfield station new multi-storey commuter car park in November 2011

Planning approval for stage one of the project was received in April 2009.[6] This stage involves preliminary work to support the new line. It is centred around Glenfield station and includes:

  • A ground-level car park at Seddon Park on the eastern side of the station. Construction commenced in May 2009 and was completed in October 2009.[7]
  • A multi-storey car park on the western side of the station. Construction commenced in November 2009 and was completed in September 2010.[8]
  • The northern rail flyover. This replaces the flat junction between the Main South line and the East Hills line with a grade-separated junction. Construction commenced in June 2010 and completed in June 2014.[9][10][11]
  • An upgrade of Glenfield station including a new overhead concourse to replace the existing footbridge, and construction of a new platform. As part of this work, the existing platform 1 will change from a side turnback to a through platform. Construction commenced in late 2010.
  • A bus interchange.

Platforms 1 and 2 will serve city bound Leppington and Macarthur trains respectively, platforms 3 and 4 will serve Macarthur and Leppington bound trains respectively. This will enable cross-platform transfers for many interchanging passengers.

Stage two[edit]

Edmondson Park station construction site in June 2012
Leppington station construction site in June 2012

Stage two includes extending the railway line westward towards Leppington. This involves:[4]

  • A rail flyover on the south side of Glenfield station which will take the new line over the Main South line and the Southern Sydney Freight Line. Construction commenced in 2011.
  • 11.4 kilometres of new double track from Glenfield to Leppington.
  • A new station and car park at Edmondson Park.
  • A new station and car park at Leppington.
  • A new train stabling facility to the west of Leppington with a capacity for 20 8-car trains.[10]

Stage two received planning approval on 18 November 2010.[6] On 7 December 2010, Premier Kristina Keneally announced that a contract for design and construction of stage two had been awarded to the John Holland Group.[12]

Associated projects[edit]

Two associated projects are planned in relation to the new line.

Kingsgrove to Revesby quadruplication[edit]

The East Hills line's Kingsgrove to Revesby quadruplication Rail Clearways Program improved capacity by separating express services to Leppington or Macarthur from all-stops services to Revesby.[13] The Auburn stabling project provided additional capacity to stable trains.[14]

Extension to Western Sydney Airport[edit]

It has been proposed that the line from Leppington be extended for the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek.[15] However, as at 16 April 2014 the Federal Government has said it had no plans to build a train line. It did indicate a provision for the train line would be included in the development, this may include preparing the tunnels under the runway as part of the runway construction and preparing the underground space for a station.[16]

As part of a consultation package released on the 28 April 2014, the New South Wales government is considering a plan to extend the line to St Marys Station with intermediate stations at Rossmore, Bringelly, North Bringelly and Badgerys Creek. The plan also adds a spur line south from Bringelly to Oran Park and Narellan. The government indicated it intends to preserve the corridors for the railway line but not to build it in the near future. [17][18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Besser, Linton (26 February 2008). "Bye heavy rail, now for a north-west metro". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "New $1.36b rail link on time: Iemma". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Benson, Simon (31 October 2008). "Northwest Metro rail link officially shelved". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Green light for South West rail link Stage 2 CityRail, 3 December 2009.
  5. ^ Clennell, Andrew; Robins, Brian (14 November 2009). "Axed $1.3b south-west rail link revived". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Project profile". Transport Construction Authority. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Seddon Park Commuter Car Park Transport Construction Authority
  8. ^ Premier and Minister for Transport officially open new Glenfield multi-storey car park Transport Construction Authority
  9. ^
  10. ^ a b South West Rail Link at a glance Transport Construction Authority
  11. ^
  12. ^ "$550 million South West Sydney Rail Link contract awarded". StreetCorner. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  13. ^ Rail Clearways Program - Kingsgrove to Revesby Quadruplication project profile Transport Construction Authority
  14. ^ Review of Environmental Factors - Part 1 page 4 Transport Construction Authority
  15. ^ Badgerys Creek railway mapped out as Tony Abbott promises airport decision Sydney Morning Herald 5 February 2014
  16. ^ Saulwick, Jacob (16 April 2014). "Federal government plans for airport rail line but will not build it". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  17. ^ Saulwick, Jacob (27 April 2014). "Six stations proposed for future train link to Badgerys Creek". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "South West Rail Link Extension Corridor Protection". Transport for NSW - Projects. NSW Government. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 

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