New South Wales

Dec 12, 2016

Badgerys Creek airport approval won’t save you from commuter hell

Sydney's second airport was a no-brainer 10 years ago, but it will another decade before it opens.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

There are some little discussed details that need to be kept in mind with today’s staged hoopla about the final approvals of a plan to develop a second Sydney airport at a site at Badgerys Creek.

The owners of the existing Sydney Airport now have about $7.6 billion dollars worth of public spending pledged for building and accessing a second Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek to incentivise them into spending around $1 billion on a terminal.

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4 thoughts on “Badgerys Creek airport approval won’t save you from commuter hell

  1. Dog's Breakfast

    Their should be a commission to inquire as to what happened to completely stuff the roads around the airport. Someone #$cked up royally there, unless it was meant to happen. The roads around are a disaster every Saturday morning and some other mornings, and it isn’t about commuter numbers, it began with changes to roads into the airport and although it’s hard to know, I think the issue of people parking being folded into the traffic that just wants to drop off and get out of there.

    But I heartily dispute the notion that a taxi or uber would cost less, at least not a taxi. The ride is cheap enough if two share, but the waiting time would amount to $50 or $60 alone getting along the clogged arteries. This is a debacle.

    The train is a cheap and reliable option in comparison, and you can know when you will get to the airport, which can vary by an hour or two by any road transport.

  2. Norm

    Why do we bother to have an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission when our governments not only sell off a monopoly, but do so with sale conditions that allow the buyer to remain competition-free?
    These huge taxpayer subsidies are simply more contempt heaped upon the original contempt.

  3. Raaraa

    I wonder how much it would cost to build a HSR to Canberra? If I was supreme overload, I would just expand the curfew-free Canberra Airport and make it “Sydney’s second airport” with a 1 hour commute from Sydney’s CBD with stops possibly in Liverpool (where Western Sydney residents can park their cars) and Campbelltown. That’s just a bit more than the road commute between Sydney CBD and Badgerys Creek.

    Good thing I’m only an armchair transport planner.

    1. Wayne Cusick

      If you just linked an HSR to Melbourne there would be a reduction of the number of domestic passengers and flights to and from Sydney airport, relieving some of the congestion.

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