Travelling to Sydney Airport is due to get a little bit easier following the announcement by Transport for NSW that it will be increasing train frequency on the T2 Airport Line later this year.
An additional 200 weekly airport train services will be introduced by the end of 2017. According to the government department, the increase in frequency will bring average waiting times for trains going between Central Station and the domestic and international stations at Sydney Airport to 7.5 minutes at off-peak weekday hours and during weekends. Late-night wait times, meanwhile, are due to be cut by half from 30 down to 15 minutes.
“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,” said Sydney Airport managing director and CEO, Kerrie Mather.
The NSW Government has been making a number of improvements recently to the transportation network around and to Sydney Airport, notably upgrades to the T2 and T3 taxi holding area, and the opening of T2/T3 ride-sharing priority pick-up zones last year.
These changes are being made alongside Sydney Airport’s own five-year ground access improvement initiative. Multiple enhancements are expected to be added to the airport this year, including an elevated shared bicycle and pedestrian path from the Alexandra Canal cycleway into P7 at T1, along with exit roads, flyovers and additional lanes to streamline traffic movement and ease congestion.
“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,” Mather added.
“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.”
These enhancements are not the only government-supported developments in Sydney’s aviation sector. Earlier this month, the Federal Government committed to building the much-discussed A$5 billion (US$3.7 billion) second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek, which is expected to begin operations by 2026. The decision was made after Sydney Airport operator, Sydney Airport Corporation, turned down the project citing high risks on financial returns.