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WSROC: Right time to trial EV buses in the West Featured

Commuters at bus stop in Western Sydney Commuters at bus stop in Western Sydney

Media release, 15 July 2020 

WSROC welcomes the NSW Government’s electric bus trials[1] and is hopeful that a trial will be located in Western Sydney - recognising the initiative’s potential to transform the region’s evolving transport networks and to bring a net-zero emissions future forward.

WSROC President, Cllr Barry Calvert, said “An electric vehicle bus fleet trial in Sydney’s West would deliver a timely push to the region’s transport network, bringing significant opportunity to Western Sydney’s businesses and resident workers while boosting the liveability goals outlined in NSW Government’s Future Transport 2056 Plan and Net Zero Plan 2020-2030.  

“Western Sydney councils are placing a priority on sustainability for our region, now and in the future. Testament to this is the Western Sydney Energy Program (WSEP): a partnership between nine councils[2], coordinated by WSROC, which aims to reduce Western Sydney’s emissions by 200,000 tonnes of CO2e[i] reductions each year. This equates to taking 46,000 cars off the road annually,” he said.

“Councils participating in the Western Sydney Energy Program would welcome an opportunity to engage with the proposed electric vehicle bus fleet trials as a significant step forward in realising a regional sustainability vision as part of the region’s growth transformation and an investment in Western Sydney businesses and resident workers.

Cllr Calvert continued, “Western Sydney is fast becoming the epicentre of Greater Sydney and is the site of other innovative platforms for technology, industry, housing and infrastructure – including the Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis, Sydney Science Park and the Western Sydney Construction Hub.

“Unfortunately, the region’s public transport network is incomplete, with many areas either not served, or only served by links that feed back into the city. Intra-regional transport currently falls short, creating longer commute times for resident workers and higher car dependency. As well as transport holes, Western Sydney’s air quality is comparatively poorer than in parts of eastern Sydney[3],” he said.

“Transport planning plays a key role in improving air quality by addressing emissions, as well as realising better liveability outcomes that flow from an integrated transport network – including accessibility to jobs and services.

“There is opportunity here to address these gaps in transport and health while adding to the narrative of a renewed regional vision.  Western Sydney is the perfect fit for trialling new transport technologies.

Cllr Calvert went on to say, “I am confident that the NSW Government will recognise the benefits an electric bus trial in Western Sydney would deliver to the region and beyond, as an exciting opportunity to further support current Future Transport and Net Zero emissions planning targets.”

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Media contact: Kate O’Connell or Kelly Gee, e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., t: 02 9671 4333 

 

[1] https://www.tenders.nsw.gov.au/?event=public.rft.show&RFTUUID=10108FC7-E85F-6BE5-E4DB51FB679EC978

[2] Councils participating in the Western Sydney Energy Program: Blacktown City Council, Blue Mountains City Council, Cumberland City Council, Fairfield City Council Hawkesbury City Council, The Hills Shire Council, Lithgow City Council, Liverpool City Council and the City of Parramatta.

[3] https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/~/media/EPA/Corporate%20Site/resources/air/Air-Quality-in-NSW.ashx

 

[i] Carbon Dioxide Equivalent. 200,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent reductions equate to 1-2% annual reduction of Western Sydney’s annual community scale emissions

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