Friday, 11 March 2016 12:38

Infrastructure plan touts connectivity but short on rail

Media release, 11 March, 2016

 

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed Infrastructure Australia’s recognition that solid Western Sydney infrastructure networks are key to both Sydney and Australia’s economic success, but has expressed concern regarding the timeframe for rail projects.

In its February report Australian Infrastructure Plan: Priorities and reforms for our nations future, Infrastructure Australia identified access to transport, especially public transport as a critical economic and social equity considerations for the outer suburbs of Australia’s cities.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti welcomed this recognition but highlighted that the sentiment is not reflected in the funding priorities outlined by the government’s $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, that he says is “all about roads”.

“Investment in roads, especially the M12 connecting the Northern Road with Badgerys Creek and the M7, is definitely needed to support Sydney’s growth, however rail is equally important and has not been accounted for in committed funding to date,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“If we are serious about accommodating one million extra people and extra 300,000 jobs in Western Sydney over the next two decades then the region will need a rail link between Hawkesbury and Campbelltown to support our Priority Growth Areas in the medium term,” he said.

“This north-south rail link has been identified in the Infrastructure Australia Plan as a high priority initiative that requires corridor preservation in the near term (0-5 years) to address unnecessary travel delays and allow sustainable economic growth,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“This is absolutely the right idea, but the wrong timeframe,” he said.

“The first stage of a Western Sydney OrbitRail needs to be built concurrently with the proposed Western Sydney Airport; connecting the Badgerys Creek precinct with existing rail networks at St Marys and Leppington,” he said.

“Simply preserving a corridor will not spur the economic development activity that Sydney needs,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“As highlighted by Prime Minister Turnbull, at today’s Out There Summit, roads are not enough. Operational railway lines with stations are what’s needed to attract commercial enterprise, service local economies and create local employment in the region,” he said.

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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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