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CBD-centric transport plan fails the West - WSROC

Media Release September 4, 2012

CBD-centric transport plan ignores the West– WSROC

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has slammed the NSW Government’s Transport Master Plan as short-sighted and CBD-focussed, and says it totally fails to recognise the transport needs of half the city’s population.


“This plan appears to be little more than a grab bag of unfunded dreams, with no overall strategy or sense of integration with the rest of the city,” WSROC President Clr Alison McLaren said.

“I can’t believe that after two years of thinking they have come up with this.”

“The emphasis of this plan needed to be on integration and planning for the future. Instead the projects seem at best ad hoc and are geared solely around getting people into the CBD in peak hour – something which every other planning strategy for Sydney is attempting to change the need for.”

“The proposal to split the rail network into two separate systems by introducing two separate types of trains is quite simply madness – why create two disconnected networks?

“The $10 billion second rail harbour crossing is unnecessary if the Government looks at alternative routes and recognises that Parramatta will be the new CBD for Sydney and that other town centres in Western Sydney, such as Blacktown, Penrith and Liverpool will be the next major employment centres.

“The CBD is already at capacity. Rents are at a premium and access is becoming increasingly difficult. Barangaroo does not need its own $10 billion harbour crossing when people can walk there from Wynyard.

“We need to look at putting the transport funding into the West where the real future growth opportunities are. For just $3 billion the Government could build a major light rail system which would enable our 1.9 million people to move easily around the region – but that hasn’t even rated a mention in this plan.

“Instead, they are still focussed on moving people to the CBD, Macquarie Park and the airport. This is a short-sighted knee jerk reaction to the current status quo which fails to recognise that things must change if Sydney is to maintain its economic prosperity and liveability.

“The new jobs and future economic growth have to occur in Western Sydney – we have the space and the skills to welcome new development. But without proper integrated cross regional transport we are relegated to simply being dormitory suburbs for the CBD.

“And with an extra 1 million people expected in the next 20 years this is unsustainable. We are already facing a regional jobs deficit of 290,000 in the next 20 years – unless we are able to bring jobs to the area that will mean an extra 60% more people on trains, buses and roads travelling east for work each day.

“But without adequate transport, the developers won’t build and the businesses can’t move here.

“Western Sydney has been let down badly by this plan – and the Government has shown its lack of future vision and commitment to our region,” Clr McLaren said.



Contact: Clr Alison McLaren, WSROC President on 0410 441 842

Media Inquiries Karin Bishop, Deputy CEO on 0417 239 539

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