Tuesday, 22 September 2015 14:38

Parramatta Road Strategy must consider wider transport network

Media release September 22, 2015

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has called on the NSW Government to ensure its Parramatta Road Strategy is considered as part of an integrated Western Transport Corridor[i].

The group’s president Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “After 50 years of neglect, Parramatta Road is in desperate need of revitalisation both functionally and aesthetically, however it is crucial to recognise its importance as a component in Sydney’s wider transport network.”

“This means maintaining Parramatta Road’s capacity to act as a major arterial road within the Western Transport Corridor – to complement the WestConnex, M4, Western Rail Line, the proposed Western Sydney Light Rail, and active transport modes,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Parramatta Road does not function in isolation and nor should the Parramatta Road Strategy,” he said.

“For example, more work needs to be done to integrate WestConnex/M4 motorway upgrades with the existing road network. Additional M4 access ramps at Lidcombe’s Hill Road[ii] and Granville’s Woodville Road[iii] would significantly ease traffic congestion on nearby sections of Parramatta Road. This affects both commuters and local residents,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Following the completion of the WestConnex/M4 upgrades, Parramatta Road will still need to offer an alternative to toll roads, serve as a back-up in the event of incidents on the WestConnex, and cope with a significant increase in local traffic, some of which will be public transport,” he said.

“The NSW Government has announced that the number of new dwellings along Parramatta Road will be reduced from 50,000 to 40,000 but this in itself will make little difference to the demands placed on the transport corridor,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“WSROC supports having more dwellings along this transport corridor consistent with the level of public infrastructure investment and because it takes the pressure off having increasing densities in low-density residential areas of our communities,” he said.

“Active transport options must feature prominently in the final design for Parramatta Road. This must be achieved by increasing public space along the corridor without infringing upon the existing road reserve that is needed for private commuters and public transport traffic capacity,” he said.

“We need to consider all transport modes and how they function as an integrated system if the Parramatta Road Strategy is to be a success,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

WSROC councils affected by this strategy include Auburn, Parramatta and Holroyd.

 

Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 0425 871 868 or 02 9671 4333, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



[i] Including the WestConnex, M4, Western Rail Line, the proposed Western Sydney Light Rail, and active transport modes.

[ii] WSROC has previously expressed the need for an additional off ramp for west-bound traffic at Hill Road, Lidcombe to service the rapidly growing business and residential communities surrounding Olympic Park.

[iii] An east-bound ramp at Woodville Road, Granville would significantly reduce congestion along Parramatta Road between Woodville Road and James Ruse Drive – a key bottle neck for the area.

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