'FAST corridor' | Council unveils vision for airport connectivity

Liverpool Council CEO Kiersten Fishburn said the Fifteenth Avenue Smart Transit (FAST) Corridor is a "practical, achievable and cost-effective solution" to airport connectivity.

Council unveiled their vision for how the Western Sydney International Airport will be connected to Sydney via Liverpool's CBD on Tuesday and includes a trackless tram, guided by GPS and LIDAR, which can be delivered more cost effectively and with less disruption than light rail.

Developed in consultation with sustainable public transport expert Professor Peter Newman of Curtin University, the FAST Corridor builds on last week's announcement by Roads and Maritime Services on the next steps to upgrade Hoxton Park Road.

"It's great to see that government agencies are getting on with delivering this rapid transit project," Ms Fishburn said. "The future airport is entirely in Liverpool's LGA and the work now underway by both levels of government will help ensure that it is future-proofed for innovative modes of transport such as a trackless tram.

"This corridor is a practical, achievable and cost-effective solution to airport connectivity. Part of this corridor is already built. We just need to fill in the missing links."

Western Sydney Business Chamber Executive Director David Borger said the FAST corridor is more than just a "quick journey between the new airport and Liverpool."

"It is a transit oriented development approach that will also create new homes, jobs and a balanced lifestyle along the corridor for new and growing communities," he said.

"The state government is looking at the opportunity to embrace new technologies such as trackless trams - the FAST corridor is the perfect place to trial this exciting new mode of travel to match the innovation of our new 21st century airport for western Sydney."

Ms Fishburn said council had already commenced detailed design work on the FAST corridor which would extend for approximately 19 kilometres between Liverpool and the future airport site. It is likely to use a similar alignment to the already established Parramatta to Liverpool T-Way, Hoxton Park Road and Fifteenth Avenue.

Property Council Western Sydney Regional Director Ross Grove said: "High quality public transport from Liverpool to the new Airport will support a standard of residential and commercial development along this key corridor. This is not just a story about an Airport, it's also about creating great places."