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Green Light for Sydney Gateway

Sydney Airport is delighted that Sydney Gateway is to proceed. Sydney Gateway is an Australian and NSW Government initiative to improve road and rail access to Sydney Airport and the Port Botany area.  It will give local roads back to the local community, ease congestion and make journeys to and from Sydney Airport easier, faster and safer.

Sydney Gateway will pass through Sydney Airport land to the north of the airport and create direct motorway access to the domestic and international terminal precincts. In addition, the entrance to the domestic precinct will be significantly enhanced by a new dedicated flyover from Qantas Drive to the front door of the terminals.

The NSW Government and Sydney Airport will collaborate over the next three years to develop further ground transport projects to deliver additional capacity and improved access to the airport precincts and the wider transport network. Sydney Airport will also explore, with the NSW Government, opportunities to invest the compensation it will receive back in to other transport solutions for the airport including metro, rail and bus services.
 
Sydney Airport CEO, Geoff Culbert said, “Sydney Gateway is a game changer for reducing congestion around the airport. Widening Qantas Drive to three lanes in each direction will substantially improve the experience for people travelling to, from and past the airport. It is exciting to think that soon you will be able to drive from Parramatta to the airport and back without passing through a single traffic light.
 
“For our surrounding local community, the delivery of Sydney Gateway will take cars and trucks off local roads. It will give local roads back to the local community, ease congestion and make journeys to and from Sydney Airport easier, faster and safer.
 
Sydney Gateway will enhance the passenger experience, support the efficiency of our airline and freight operators and ease the commute for the 31,000 people that work at the airport. It also provides an opportunity for airport land to be better utilised with improved airside connections which will support growing passenger and freight operations,” Mr Culbert said.
 
Sydney Airport is committed to improving access and easing ground transport congestion around the airport over the long term.
Sydney Gateway complements the considerable investment by the NSW and Australian Governments in the WestConnex project as well as the Australian Government’s investment in the Port Botany Rail Line.
 
Key facts about Sydney Gateway
 
Approval process
·         Subject to extensive community consultation and a range of environmental, planning and regulatory approvals to satisfy both NSW and Australian Government requirements
Road alignment & design benefits
·         Direct and equal travel times to and from the domestic and international terminals and the WestConnex St Peters Interchange
·         Widening of Qantas Drive to three lanes in each direction
·         New dedicated Qantas Drive flyover entry in to T2/T3
·         The existing Airport Drive will become an internal airside/landside road
·         General traffic will continue to be able to travel toll free between the airport precincts
·         Improved access for northern lands precinct
Sydney Airport land contribution
·         9.8Ha easement over land granted to support road alignment
·         1.0Ha temporarily used for construction activities
Easement
·         NSW Government to be granted an easement by the Australian Government
Compensation
·         $170m
·         Sydney Airport will explore, with the NSW Government, opportunities to invest the compensation it will receive for its land in other transport solutions for the airport including metro, rail and bus services
Delivery Authority
·         NSW Roads & Maritime Services to deliver the project
This press release was sourced from Sydney Airport on 12-Sep-2018.