Thursday, 14 September 2017 09:34

500,000 residents set to join nightmare commute

Cars lined up along arterial road. Cars lined up along arterial road.

Media release, 14 September, 2017

An integrated rail and road plan is needed immediately to prevent Western Sydney commutes from becoming worse says the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC).

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “Western Sydney is a region of commuters. We travel longer and farther than other areas of Sydney. We have few public transport options and pay dearly in tolls when we are forced to drive.                                                                                                                               

“This situation is unlikely to change unless we reduce the CBD-centric nature of Sydney by building north-south connections that free-up cross regional travel and encourage economic investment in the West,” he said.

“Over the next 20 years half a million new residents are expected to settle in the north-south corridor between Blacktown and the Blue Mountains. A corridor that has some of the lowest levels of public transport access in Sydney,” said Cr Bali.

“It is a question of whether you want these extra people on public transport, or whether you want to cram them onto roads.

“If we do nothing, by 2036 there could be as many as 600,000 additional commuters on our city’s roads – driving to over-crowded commuter car parks or directly to work,” he said.

“To prevent this congestion nightmare we need a comprehensive transport infrastructure strategy. One that includes roads, rail and everything in between,” said Cr Bali.

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Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 02 9671 4333 (ext. 118), 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

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