Sydney Science Park (SSP), the multi-billion-dollar Western Sydney city of the future has been allocated a metro station on the new Western Sydney Airport Metro Line, announced by New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian yesterday.

Copyright of Sydney Metro | Artist Impression of Luddenham Station

Created by property disruptor Celestino, SSP envisages a city larger than the size of the Sydney CBD, accommodating in excess of 12,000 smart jobs, 10,000 students and 10,000 residents.

Celestino CEO John Vassallo says yesterday’s announcement will mean Sydney’s Western Parkland City will be connected from north to south, and its future as the powerhouse of metropolitan Sydney will be realised.

“This metro line will do for the West and South West, what the Harbour Bridge did for North Sydney and Sydney city – creating a critical link between major business, education, trading, residential and recreational centres.

Mr Vassallo, a long-time vocal advocate for the North-South rail link, has applauded the Premier’s announcement as visionary and forward-focussed.

“Our Premier is to be congratulated for taking decisive action and realising the tremendous opportunity not just to invest in the right infrastructure in the right place and at the right time, but to drive our State’s economic recovery through this transformational project,” he says.

The station announcement coincides with the New South Wales government legislating the Western Sydney Aerotropolis State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) on Friday September 11.

State Environmental Planning Policy (Western Sydney Aerotropolis) 2020 Transport Corridor Map - SSP outlined in pink 

Mr Vassallo says the announcement of the Sydney Science Park metro station gives Celestino the certainty required to finalise their masterplan.

“The certainty of this announcement, and the clear location of the Luddenham station within Sydney Science Park, means we can enthusiastically and effectively progress our planning.

“We’re excited to be able to work closely on next steps with the Western Sydney Planning Partnership and Penrith City Council, who have been great partners.

“Sydney Science Park can now deliver on being a true transport-oriented development and an even more liveable city.

“If you’re working, living, studying, trading or playing at Sydney Science Park you are not only within an attractive, vibrant place but also within walking distance of the metro and connected to the rest of Sydney – that in itself will be a significant drawcard,” he says.