The Berejiklian Government’s budgeted cash splash - the largest infrastructure in the state’s history - which was revealed in the 2019-20 Budget earlier this week, is good news for tradies.
With a program expected to inject $93b into the economy over the next four years, the scheduled works will include a significant investment to deliver more regular services to new metro stations across the existing rail network.
The Government believes that the link to include Sydney Metro West will double the carrying capacity through an underground metro railway line and will make travelling between Sydney CBD and the Greater Parramatta area, including Olympic Park and the Bays Precinct, easier and more reliable. The expected journey time will be just 20 minutes.
Construction on this project will commence in 2020, providing more than five years work on the project, with services scheduled to start after 2025.
NSW school will also get an upgrade over the next four years, with $7.6b budgeted to be spent on improvements across the state, and almost $1b of that amount allocated to build eight new schools and carry out significant improvements to another 32 schools in the region. The government also announced it has earmarked $500m over the next four years to support non-government schools to extend or upgrade their current facilities.
The other winners from this record announcement will be hospitals, energy, water and housing, representing an investment in trades jobs across the state.
Transport and Roads Minister Andrew Constance told Inside Construction the budget illustrates an unprecedented investment in road and rail projects across NSW, with a central focus on easing congestion. “This investment will deliver on the massive commitments made to improve transport connections and services,” Constance said.