Wollondilly Council welcomes pledge for Maldon-Dombarton rail line
Posted on: 30.04.2019
Following strong advocacy for rail connectivity for the people of Wollondilly, Council has welcomed the South West Illawarra Rail Line (SWIRL) being put back onto the political agenda with the Federal Opposition’s recent pledge of $50 million towards the Maldon - Dombarton line.
Mayor Matthew Deeth said, “This is a good first step towards securing infrastructure and connecting Wollondilly to Wollongong and the metropolitan area.”
“We would certainly welcome the completion of the Maldon-Dombarton rail link but would like to see a commitment to a passenger service as well, particularly for the benefit of the Wilton growth area, the entire Illawarra region and to provide critical connectivity to Western Sydney and the second airport.”
“Wollondilly is a key geographical link through this massive strategic corridor,” he said.
As part of its election campaign, Labor has pledged $50 million to finally complete the Maldon-Dombarton freight rail link project, with plans to gain additional funding from the private sector.
Work on the 35-kilometre single-track freight line between Maldon and the Illawarra began in 1983 but stopped five years later and has remained untouched since that time, despite several funding pledges over the years.
According to a report by the Smart Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong in 2017, the SWIRL would cost $1.7 billion to construct.