What do you know about Sydney’s second airport?
After a long political battle that’s been going on since the 1980s, Badgery’s Creek airport has finally given the green light. The date the idea was actually proposed actually goes as far back as 1946. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced this week that design and planning work would begin immediately and construction would begin in 2016.
Here’s what we know so far:
- The airport project will be funded mostly by the private sector
- Single runway airport
- Small terminal
- Avalon style airport
- 60,000 jobs created from the project
- Infrastructure will be invested in- roads, rail(?), construction jobs created
- 20 other sites were considered
- First flights expected mid 2020s
Despite the airport being approved, questions still remain from opposition as well as those who aren’t against the airport. Abbott has made it clear that he wants a curfew free airport as Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport only operates between 6am-11pm. Opposition will claim noise pollution and environmental pollution and worry the airport will grow more quickly than the current plans lay out.
There is also a problem in the surrounding roads. Investment in surrounding roads is estimated to be about £3.5bn, despite the figure changing. However, critics argue that existing roads such as the M4 and M5 already cause traffic problems which won’t be solved by new investment. Instead, they will feed more traffic into existing tail backs, as well as creating new ones as more decide that driving is the main way to get anywhere.
Ah well, at least Qantas are excited. “We look forward to being part of this process as Badgerys Creek moves closer to reality.”