Wednesday, 10 February 2016 13:58

Fast airport link needs more consideration

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the discussion generated by Parramatta City Council’s report into rail connectivity but cautions against another CBD - centric route.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said, “WSROC supports the scoping of a rail link to the Badgerys Creek precinct, however we need to carefully consider a number of options before choosing a proposed route.”

“The most important thing to consider is the potential for increased economic stimulus and commuter benefits along any proposed rail line,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“A very fast train from Parramatta to Badgerys Creek is a great concept, but if the route doesn’t have stations and stops along the way there will be very little benefit for commuters and businesses between these two locations,” he said.

“63 per cent of Western Sydney residents drive to work, indicating that existing public transport is not capable of carrying people where they need to go,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“We need to steer away from duplication along existing corridors, and look at cross-regional transport links that support the journeys commuters are making on a day to day basis,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Some of Western Sydney’s biggest employment hubs, Wetherill Park Industrial Area, Bella Vista Commercial Area, Rydalmere Industrial Estate, Sydney Business Park, and Eastern Creek are still not supported by rail links,” he said.

“Sydney’s two largest residential growth centres, the North and South West Priority Growth Areas, are also calling out for better public transport,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“We need to look at the whole system, where people live and where they are trying to go,” he said.

“Building better links within the region will help galvanise local economies, attracting new business and investment to the region,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“What Sydney needs most is a north-south rail corridor, connecting Badgerys Creek to our thriving growth areas in the north and south west.” he said.

 

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