Sydney Metro welcomes Westmead aboard rail future

Sydney Metro’s Chris Grima chats with dietary assistant Teresa Sargious about our rail future.

Patients, consumers, families and staff received a sneak peek into the future of the Westmead Precinct when a team from Sydney Metro West paid a visit to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Staff with the long-term infrastructure project were on hand to answer questions from the public about the transport undertaking, announced in November 2016 and set to connect the Parramatta and Sydney central business districts and “doubling rail capacity between these two areas”.

The bold new project – which includes a new underground metro train station at Westmead – is just one part of a massive facelift investment in health, transport, education and other services at the Westmead Precinct.

Central to this revitalisation is the $1 billion Westmead Redevelopment Project, an expansion of health and education services and a true partnership between The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Westmead Hospital and The University of Sydney.

Key features of the project include:

  • The Westmead Innovation Centre, a seven-storey research hub designed to encourage ideas and collaboration;

  • The Central Acute Services Building, a 14-storey hospital building offering an expansion of services – including two new emergency departments – of both The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Westmead Hospital. The new hospital building is expected to open in mid-2020 and includes a significant investment from the University of Sydney.

Given its status as a hub for health, research, training and education, Westmead is identified as a “key precinct” in the Sydney Metro West project. The plan is designed to help meet the continued and expected population and employment growth in the corridor between Greater Parramatta and central Sydney over the next 20 years.

“Following community and industry consultation in 2016 and 2017, (Westmead) has been identified for a station location on Sydney Metro West,” according to the NSW Government.

“Further stakeholder engagement and technical and engineering work is now taking place. A metro station would support the area’s health, education and residential precinct.”

Further Sydney Metro West information booths at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead are expected in the new year as consultation and engagement work continues.