Sydney Airport Major Development Plan approved

Media Release

WT076/2015

12 March 2015

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss has approved a Major Development Plan for Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport. The Plan includes a new ground transport network for Terminal 2 and Terminal 3, a 430-room 4–5 star hotel and redevelopments to improve passenger access and convenience.

Mr Truss said he is satisfied Sydney Airport's Ground Access Solutions and Hotel Major Development Plan has fulfilled requirements of the Airport Act 1996 and demonstrated a commitment to improving services and safety for the public and airport users.

Works outlined in the Major Development Plan, include:

  • streamlining traffic flow by creating a one-way road system through expansion of Seventh Street and reconfiguring Sir Reginald Ansett Drive, Shiers Avenue and Qantas Drive;
  • widening of Qantas Drive between Robey Street and O'Riordan Street to three lanes in both directions and associated turning lanes;
  • increasing space and access for public buses, coaches and cars by constructing a purpose built multi-level Ground Transport Interchange and redeveloping two existing car parks;
  • expanding pedestrian and cycle infrastructure and networks linking the Ground Transport Interchange and Car Parks 1, 2 and 3 to the Terminal buildings;
  • developing a dedicated pedestrian path, including an assisted walkway, through to the Ground Transport Interchange; and
  • Constructing a 430-room 4–5 star hotel with conference facilities on the eastern corner of Seventh Street extension and Qantas Drive.

“The Major Development Plan includes the development of the first airport hotel for the domestic terminal precinct,” Mr Truss said.

“The development will create 2,216 direct and 664 indirect full-time equivalent positions during the construction period, as well as 151 direct and 30 indirect ongoing full-time equivalent positions once operational.

“Sydney Airport intends to begin works immediately and it is anticipated construction will take three years.

“A traffic and transport assessment undertaken by Sydney Airport indicates that without the road improvements, the Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 Ground Transport Network would struggle to meet the anticipated passenger growth of 3.4% a year—from 36.9 million passengers in 2012 to 74.3 million passengers by 2033.

“Modelling indicates the development will smooth the flow of traffic within the precinct, easing congestion at intersections entering the airport—particularly at the main entry point at Joyce Drive and O'Riordian Street—and provide a wider range of options for airport users accessing the precinct.

“Pleasingly, Sydney Airport has actively engaged with the community to shape the Major Development Plan.

“Following feedback from two public consultation periods, the airport has incorporated many improvements to the pedestrian and cycle infrastructure to better meet the expectations of airport users.

“The ground transport works presented in the Major Development Plan are an excellent example of Sydney Airport working in cooperation with the New South Wales Government to provide improved and integrated road infrastructure both on and off the airport.”

Sydney Airport is required to publish the final Major Development Plan within 50 business days.