A recent Sydney Morning Herald article reports that plans have been made to add a second Norwest Business Park station to the Northwest Rail Link (NWRL). The new station would replace the previously planned Kellyville Station. Two stations initially proposed as potential stations (Samantha Riley Drive and Cudgegong Road) look like they will be built simultaneously with the NWRL. This brings the total number of stations on the new line up from 6 to 8 and will be the biggest new line in the Cityrail network since the East Hills Line was constructed in 1931.
Hills Shire mayor, Mike Thomas, showed concerns about the removal of the Kellyville station, but supports the change as the abandoned station location will now be flanked by stations 1km to the North (Samantha Riley Drive) and 2km to the South (the new Norwest station).
Two stations at Norwest makes sense. Macquarie Park, which has a roughly similar geographic size, has 3 stations, yet Norwest previously had only 1 station planned. That station covered the Eastern portion of the business park, with most of it located within an 800m radius of the station (roughly a 10 minute walk), but left the Western portion of the business park at a 1km-2km distance. A whopping 95% of workers in Norwest got to work by car in 2006, so the NWRL has great potential to get significant numbers of cars off the road, easing congestion in the area.
The alignment looks to remain unchanged.