Sydney's Metro West mega project underway

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Work has begun on the Sydney Metro West mega underground rail project, which promises to deliver a 20-minute commute from Parramatta to Sydney's CBD.

A day after the NSW budget promised a record $107.1 billion infrastructure spend, Premier Gladys Berejiklian spruiked the project to create a second rail line between Parramatta and the Sydney CBD, at the cost of $10.4 billion over four years.

The project will link Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park and The Bays and create tens of thousands of jobs, she said on Wednesday at an event to mark the start of work at The Bays Station site.

"Even during the most difficult year during the most difficult times the government is getting on with the job of building the infrastructure for the future," she said.

"I don't know anywhere else during COVID anywhere else on the planet where there's such a huge infrastructure pipeline," she said.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the project would transform western Sydney and create more than 10,000 direct new jobs and around 70,000 indirect jobs.

It was crucial in the government's plan to create 270,000 jobs and get unemployment down from 7.5 per cent at the end of the year to a projected 5.25 per cent by 2024.

"These projects will boost our economy throughout this pandemic," he said.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the driverless train project would benefit three million people in western Sydney by cutting crowding on three major train lines and taking tens of thousands of cars off the roads.

"We've got to be able to connect the two cities and that's what this is all about," he said.

"It' in essence going to be a 20 minute journey time from the city to Parramatta ... that's super speed compared to life as it is now," he said.

Mr Constance said the city-shaping project would double rail capacity between Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD.

Sydney Metro West will have stations at Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Dock, The Bays and the Sydney CBD.

The road works at The Bays will allow the first of four mega tunnel boring machines to be in the ground before the end of 2022.