Driverless technology link to Western Sydney Airport

19 March 2018

Liverpool City Council has recognised the need for an innovative, fast connection between Western Sydney Airport and the Sydney public transport network.

A Rapid Transit Corridor, using driverless technology, would add another important connection to WSA, linking it directly to the CBD of what is fast becoming the Airport City along a 19-kilometre stretch of purpose-built road.

“We want South West Sydney to have a fast connection to the departure lounge,” said Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller.

“This could be Australia’s first stretch of driverless road and that is fitting for the cutting-edge modern international hub we know WSA will be.

“We are trying to initiate a solution to the problem of the ‘last or first mile’ – the relatively short distance in a traveller’s journey that is often the least efficient.

“A Rapid Transit Corridor will be fast, reliable and efficient.

“We believe there is a great opportunity to build a significant piece of infrastructure, in partnership with the private sector, that will bring to life the aspiration of the 30-minute city in Sydney’s South West.

“As the Airport City, Liverpool will provide a steady stream of construction workers during the building phase of the airport. They will need an efficient means of getting to the Badgerys Creek site of WSA.“The Rapid Transit Corridor would also reach the Aerotropolis, and the employment and education opportunities there.

“When the airport is operational in 2026 our City will supply the full range of employees the new international hub will require, from tertiary educated professionals to cleaners, machinery operators, technicians and tradespeople.

“We are a smart city and this is our smart response to an issue that is begging for a solution.”

A trip between Liverpool and the Airport along The Rapid Transit Corridor, with priority signalling and smart transit stops, would take around 20 minutes.

“The Western City Deal included a commitment to a rapid bus connection to WSA,” Mayor Waller said.

“That’s a great start and now it’s our turn to do some heavy lifting and create a Rapid Transit Corridor that could be used by new and emerging transport options.”

Liverpool City Council has been awarded a $1.55m grant from the Department of Planning and Environment into a detailed design and strategic business case to widen and extend Fifteenth Avenue to the Badgerys Creek site of Western Sydney Airport.

One of Australia’s leading authorities on transport infrastructure, Professor Peter Newman of Curtin University, is undertaking research and will deliver a workshop to test these ideas further.

Also at the workshop will be a representative from WSA Co – the company that will build and run the airport – as well as the Sydney Business Chamber, engineering firm Aurecon and developers Mirvac, Frasers and Leamac Property Group on Thursday, 15 March.