Public Trading Enterprise Infrastructure Investment
Investment to 2015-16 will focus on transport and electricity
This Budget puts a priority on progressing major transport infrastructure initiatives that will improve the day to day experience of customers, such as the North West Rail Link and South West Rail Link, extension of light rail and introduction of electronic ticketing, Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said.
This Budget shows we are getting on with the job we said we would do and building for the future of this State.
The former Labor Government failed to do the hard work that allows projects to be delivered we are a disciplined Government focused on delivering the improvements the people of NSW deserve.
Early construction work will start on the North West Rail Link later this year with $360 million to fund the preparation of major construction sites, property acquisition and the second Environmental Impact Statement.
The Budget allocates a massive $3.3 billion over the next four years for the construction of the North West Rail Link.
This Budget caters for major population growth in South West Sydney, with $397 million set aside to continue crucial construction of the South West Rail Link.
In recognition of the increasing customer demand for bus services, this Budget includes spending of more than $127 million to acquire 269 buses for Sydney and the outer Metropolitan area.
Customers will also see real progress on an enhanced and integrated public transport network as part of our promise to correct years of neglect and bring the States transport services to a world class standard.
This means the introduction of simple electronic ticketing, better passenger information systems and money dedicated to accessible, modern and secure transport infrastructure.
Other 2012-13 Budget highlights include:
$124 million towards delivering electronic ticketing for ferries, trains, buses and light rail across the greater Sydney region. The Opal card will begin to be rolled out on ferries at the end of the year.
$116 million to begin construction of the 5.6 kilometre Inner West Light Rail Extension from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill, including nine new stops. An extra $25 million to plan for future light rail development.
$148 million in funding this year for the new Transport Access Program to improve access to the public transport network, including station upgrades, better accessibility to CityRail Stations, improved parking and transport interchanges and commuter wharf improvements.
$84.5 million to progress the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Program to improve the capacity and reliability of freight trains travelling on the Main North Line between North Strathfield and Broadmeadow (near Newcastle). A further $9.86 million to contribute to work on the Southern Sydney Freight Line.
$95 million for infrastructure upgrades for the rollout of the new Waratah trains.
$215.6 million on major maintenance to improve safety and reliability across the RailCorp network, including replacing sleepers, renewing bridges, modernising overhead wiring and resurfacing station platforms.
More than $114 million on the Clearways Program to improve on-time running and capacity on the CityRail network. Funding in this year™s Budget will allow work to continue on the Liverpool Turnback program and the Kingsgrove Revesby quadruplication.
$32 million towards the purchase of 99 new outer suburban Oscar trains for the Central Coast, Blue Mountains and the Illawarra.
$4.6 million to improve ferry wharves by replacing hydraulic ramps at Circular Quay and Manly which will help customers board and disembark.
$2 million to boost community transport services in communities across the State, taking the total contribution to community transport to $6.8 million in 2012-13.
$182 million for the Country Regional Network, including $117 million for network
maintenance, $43 million for new sleepers on tracks and $3.2 million to renew bridges.
Major investment in rail safety programs, including $50 million to progress the roll out of Automatic Train Protection, $50 million towards the State™s Digital Train Radio program and $14.5 million towards the provision of Internal Emergency Door release systems on carriages
$2.2 million to improve and upgrade passenger information systems including audio systems on CityRail trains to provide more accurate and reliable information to customers about their services.