Thursday, 04 August 2016 14:52

More stations needed to bridge rail ‘black hole’

Commuters at Emu Plains train station. Commuters at Emu Plains train station.

Media release, 4 August 2016

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called for more train stations in Sydney’s West following a report that identified a transport black hole in the region’s centre.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “Around 20 per cent of Greater Western Sydney residents currently live within a walkable distance (800m) of a rail station1,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Surprisingly, access is lowest in the centre of the region, with fewer than 10 per cent of Penrith and Liverpool residents living within a walkable distance of a rail station.

“A railway void runs right through the West’s key economic hubs of Blacktown, Liverpool and Penrith, and continues on to the proposed Western Sydney Airport site at Badgerys Creek.

“It also covers Sydney’s most rapidly growing residential corridor; Western Sydney’s North and South West Priority Growth Areas.

“Residential growth is rapidly outstripping the capacity and reach of the region’s rail networks. If nothing is done over the next 20 years, half a million new residents2 will be funnelled into a transport black hole,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“This isn’t good for congestion, it isn’t good for liveability and it isn’t good for the Western Sydney economy,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“WSROC has long called for better north-south connections3 for Western Sydney, especially along the corridor between Hawkesbury and Campbelltown. WSROC’s research demonstrates the very real need for a north-south rail link,” he said.

“If we are going to have any chance of reducing car dependency and driving growth in Western Sydney’s employment centres we need more rail stations closer to where people live and work,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“We also need to plan better. To ensure that future employment lands and residential density are focused around existing rail stations,” he said.

“If we continue along our current path, Sydney’s congestion will continue to get worse and that is something we cannot afford,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

1 800m is the distance considered ‘walkable’ by the NSW Department of Transport. It is acknowledged that the distance considered walkable varies from person to person based on age and ability.
2 This includes 500,000 new residents in the North West and South West Priority Growth Areas, and 127,000 new residents projected in the Camden LGA.
3 Media release: Infrastructure plan touts connectivity but short on rail (Mar, 2016); Media release: Hubs must be supported by rail (Feb, 2016); Media release: Transport corridor critical to Sydney’s economy (Nov, 2015)


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