- Growing regional economies – Increased job opportunities, business growth and better opens up the state for tourists.
- Thriving communities – Opens up the opportunity for greater social, work and key service benefits through faster connections.
- Successful places – New and improved hubs and precincts will allow for greater connections to cities, towns and villages that will be vibrant and increase employment opportunities.
Fast Rail will help the economy by providing key infrastructure and services that will encourage social integration and improve productivity.
Thousands of people travel along passenger rail corridors in NSW every day, moving within regions, or between major regional centres and Sydney.
Passengers travel for work, education, tourism, and to attend events or access services. Our major regional centres and communities along rail corridors are important and vibrant parts of NSW. They offer diverse and affordable housing, access to employment and education, and lifestyle opportunities. The strategic planning and delivery of faster rail connections within regional NSW will increase the number of commuters, connect more people with regional NSW and alleviate growth pressures in Sydney.
Four corridors have been identified in NSW for potential fast rail routes:
- Northern Route including the Central Coast, and Port Macquarie.
- Southern Inland Route including Goulburn and Canberra.
- Western Route including Lithgow, Bathurst and Orange / Parkes.
- Southern Coastal Route including Wollongong and Nowra.