Planning documents that will allow construction work to begin on Sydney’s North West Rail Link have been approved.
The project’s second Environmental Impact Statement has been given the green light keeping plans to see the first tunnel boring machine break ground next year on track, according to Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian.
Berejiklian said: “This is a monumental day for this state – our focus now turns to building the North West Rail Link and delivering this critical piece of new public transport infrastructure to an area that has been crying out for it for too long.
“We’re on track to have the first tunnel boring machine in the ground next year, as scheduled, with the billion-dollar tunnelling contract to be awarded in coming months.
“So far, 27 major tenders have been released and 46 key contracts awarded on the North West Rail Link.
“The community will start to see an increase in construction activity over the coming months as we prepare for major construction to get underway.”