The FINANCIAL — Sydney Airport has welcomed the announcement by the NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance that Transport for NSW will increase the frequency of trains on the T2 Airport Line from later this year.
Minister Constance announced today that the State Government will provide an additional 200 airport train services per week by the end of 2017. This will result in average waiting times for a train to or from Central Station and the airport’s Domestic and International stations of approximately 7.5 minutes during off-peak hours on weekdays and throughout weekends, and a reduction from 30 minutes down to 15 minutes late at night, according to Sydney Airport.
Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said the additional services would be of great benefit to airport visitors as well as airport staff who catch the train to work.
“We’re delighted that Minister Constance has announced more trains for Sydney Airport,” Ms Mather said.
“The additional services will make it even more convenient for visitors to catch the train to and from the airport, especially on weekends when trains will be more frequent.
“Many of the almost 30,000 people who work at the airport commute by train and I know they will also welcome the extra frequency.”
Sydney Airport’s five-year ground access improvement program is due for completion one year ahead of schedule and is being complemented by the NSW Government’s own upgrades to the road network around the airport.
The program is part of a strong commitment to offering a range of public transport options to and from the airport in addition to the train, including taxis, limousines, shuttles, buses and ride sharing services.
Recent improvements for public transport have included upgrades to the access road into, and facilities at, the taxi holding area at T2/T3 as well as the opening last year of the T2/T3 Priority pick-up zone specifically for ride sharing services such as Uber.
For road users, transformational road upgrades and traffic management initiatives within the airport are contributing to smoother traffic flows in and around the precincts.
“The scope of work that Sydney Airport and the NSW Government are undertaking to make it easier to travel to and from the airport by car, taxi or public transport is unprecedented,” Ms Mather said.
“Our upgrades within the terminal precincts have resulted in significant improvements to the travel experience for airport visitors, commuters and other road users since our works began in 2014, while the NSW Government’s key Airport East and Airport West road projects are also well under way.”
The airport’s new Centre Road and other improvements at T1, and the new, dedicated five-lane entry and exit roads at T2/T3 have delivered smoother traffic flows and reduced congestion at peak periods for motorists. Further improvements will come with the completion of the government’s Airport East, Airport North and Airport West projects.
Other airport ground access improvement projects due for completion on or ahead of schedule by the end of the year:
an elevated shared cycle/pedestrian path from the Alexandra Canal cycleway to provide access over roads and car parks into P7 at T1;
a new dedicated exit road for Departures Road/Arrivals Court to Airport Drive at T1 to streamline traffic movement;
a new flyover from Airport Drive into the T1 precinct to eliminate traffic weaving; and
an additional lane on Qantas Drive at T2/T3 to provide more capacity for traffic exiting the precinct.