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The early design of the M12 Motorway, which will provide direct access to the Western Sydney Airport and is scheduled to open in 2026, has been unveiled.

The16km will have a direct connection to Sydney’s motorway network, unlocking the economic benefits the new airport will deliver to the region and beyond.

The $5.3 billion airport, funded by the Federal Government, will support more than 11,000 jobs in the construction phase and a total of 28,000 jobs by 2031.

“Job numbers will continue to increase once the airport commences operations in 2026. In the first five years of operations, there will be around 28,000 jobs, growing to over 120,000 by the early 2060s,” Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Paul Fletcher, said.

“With an extra million people expected to live in Western Sydney by 2031, the Turnbull and Berejiklian Governments are doing everything to deliver the infrastructure needed to make a growing Western Sydney work for residents and make it an ever better place to live and do business,” Mr. Fletcher continued.

The Government also recently announced the Western Sydney Deal, an agreement between all three levels of Government to successfully deliver the $5.3 billion Western Sydney Airport and all associated infrastructure in time for its launch. 

The Government also recently announced the Western Sydney Deal, which is an agreement between all three levels of Government (Federal, State and eight western Sydney local councils) to successfully deliver the $5.3 billion Western Sydney Airport and all associated infrastructure in time for its launch. They committed to delivering stage one of the North-South Rail Link from St Marys to Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis via Western Sydney Airport with the project scheduled for completion in time for the airport opening.

“It will ensure that the people of Western Sydney see clear and tangible benefits, such as the creation of tens of thousands of jobs as Western Sydney develops into an economic powerhouse,” said Mr Fletcher.

 The deal will also deliver a world-class Aerotropolis, including Commonwealth-owned land at North Bringelly and an Investment Attraction Office to boost investments into the Western Parkland City.

“The Deal delivers on the commitment to build Western Parkland City into Sydney’s third economic centre, and adding much-needed rail capacity will improve access to employment, education, and services, including the new Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis,” Mr Fletcher added.

“The Aerotropolis will become Western Sydney’s advanced manufacturing, research, medical, education and commercial hub, benefiting from access to the Western Sydney Airport and driving new investment and attracting high-value jobs to the region.

“The Turnbull Government has also committed $2.9 billion to the $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan—a ten-year program to build new roads and upgrade existing ones around Western inSydney Airport. It includes the new M12 Motorway, which will be the front door to Western Sydney Airport and will be connecting it with Sydney’s motorway network.”

The key features of the M12 are as follow:

  • 16km east West motorway between the M7 at Cecil Hills and The Northern Road in Luddenham

  • Four lanes with a provision for up to six

  • Direct access to the new Western Sydney Airport

  • Motorway to Motorway interchange at M7

As well as providing direct access to the new airport at Badgery’s Creek, the new Motorway opens up access to the South West Priority Land Release Area. That means there will be further opportunities for future growth and development.

The Western Sydney City Deal has been welcomed by the Director of the Western Sydney Business Chamber David Borger who noted the extraordinary co-operation by all tiers of government.

“The City Deal has brought together all three layers of government which is rare in Australia, let alone Western Sydney,” said Mr. Borger. “Western Sydney has been playing catch-up for decades in terms of infrastructure, and the people here would like to work closer to home.”

“The City Deal has brought together all three layers of government which is rare in Australia, let alone Western Sydney." 

He sees the City Deal agreement as a gateway to future investment in Western Sydney and a massive boost for the eight Council LGAs which were also party to the deal.

“The combination of rail and road infrastructure for the Aerotropolis provides investors with the certainty to underwrite their investments,” Mr. Borger said. “It’s now over to the private sector to fill in those gaps.”

The M12 and the rail link is scheduled to open in time for Western Sydney Airport Opening in 2026. Detailed investigations will take place in the next 12 months as the design is developed and the environmental assessment drafted.

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