Campbelltown Matters with Greg Warren MP: Impacts of airport development will be felt in Campbelltown and Macarthur region

Campbelltown Matters with Greg Warren MP: Impacts of airport development will be felt in Campbelltown and Macarthur region

Western Sydney Airport may be located in Badgerys Creek, but the impacts of the development will definitely be felt here in Campbelltown and the Macarthur region.

Whether you are pro or anti the airport, I'm sure we can all agree that we want the appropriate public transport links and roads in place to ensure a traffic nightmare is avoided.

Make no mistake, we will not be immune from problems stemming at the airport.

That is why it is critical we continue to fight for a rail line south of the airport to Macarthur.

Just the planning stage for the line could be 10 years away - that's not good enough.

We are a stone's throw away from Badgery's Creek and we need and deserve a rail line connecting our region.

Bus services, no matter how 'rapid' they are, will not suffice.

Without a rail line, residents in Campbeltown and the wider Macarthur region have two options.

One, catch the train via St Mary's, which will be a round trip that takes roughly two hours.

Or two, drive on congested roads and pay exorbitant amounts for parking.

It will be easier and more cost effective to get to Sydney Airport than Western Sydney Airport.

Experts acknowledge the absence of a fuel pipeline will also lead to increased risks to motorists, more congestion and freight delays.

We do not want local workers travelling to and from the airport or the surrounding aerotropolis to be placed in unnecessary danger or to spend more time on congested roads than needed.

The M12 - connecting the Northern Road and the M7 - will also relieve pressure on our region's roads.

It's already two years behind schedule.

It must be completed before the airport opens as promised by the state government.

Every Campbelltown and Macarthur resident should take an interest in the progress of the airport because we will all be affected in one way or another.