Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:47

Transport Plan fails to move Western Sydney - WSROC

Media Release December 14, 2012

The final version of the NSW Government’s Transport Master Plan has not gone far enough to address the urgent transport needs of the Western Sydney region, The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils said today.


The President of WSROC, Clr Tony Hadchiti said while there were undoubtedly some good initiatives in the report, it still failed to provide adequate public transport to the Western Sydney region.

“We welcome the announcement that the Westconnex motorway project linking the M4 with the airport and Botany Bay will go ahead,” he said.

“We also welcome the continued commitment to the North West Rail link and the South West Rail link.”

“However, a noticeable omission is the failure to address the lack of north-south public transport connections across Western Sydney. The orientation is still too heavily focused on west-east travel.

“This means that many Western Sydney residents will remain dependent on their cars to access jobs, education and other services.”

Clr Hadchiti said the plan continued to emphasise a CBD-centric approach to commuting, which ignored the growth of Parramatta as a CBD and the need for more jobs in the West.

“Light rail from Randwick to the city, a second harbour crossing from Chatswood to the city, and new motorway links into the city – this plan is based on the outdated concept that all the jobs are in the centre of the city,” he said.

“Every other planning strategy recognises the key fact that we need to move the jobs to where the people are, not the other way around.

“Already 70 per cent of the people who live in Western Sydney also work in Western Sydney, and we need that number to grow. To do that we need better local and regional transport systems in and around our region,” he said.

“We also need to have corridors identified and reserved now to cope with the additional 1 million people who will live in our region by 2036 – this is a fundamental part of planning for the future,” Clr Hadchiti said.



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