Consultation to boost Innovation
27 Jun 2017
The Sydney Business Chamber says the announcement of the beginning of the consultation process between industry and community is the signal industry has been seeking that the Sydney Metro West project is on the Government’s priority list.
"It is good to see the NSW Government is approaching the Sydney Metro West project with a focus on engagement with industry and community stakeholders on this game-changing project for Sydney as the first step in determining the scope of the project,” said Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber.
"Allowing industry input will enable the Government to incorporate innovative ideas from the private sector in designing this important piece of infrastructure.
"There is no doubt Sydney Metro West will provide much-needed additional public transport capacity between Sydney and Parramatta and will better connect these two major CBDs.
"Providing a metro link to Sydney's West from the Sydney CBD will provide greater accessibility and better integrate Sydney's transport network.
"The proposed stations in between the two CBDs, such as at Sydney Olympic Park, will also provide greater access to jobs in these precincts.
"Once finished, the Metro West would carry around 40,000 passengers an hour, relieving pressure off the existing T1 Western Rail Line and would address rapid population growth.
"The existing heavy rail line is more than a century old and with an extra 420,000 people expected to move between the central Sydney and Greater Parramatta corridor in the next two decades, we need to get the ball rolling on this project sooner rather than later.
"Jobs will also increase with more than 300,000 expected to be created in this corridor by 2036.
"The Chamber will advocate for a station at Westmead to be considered in order to service the growing number of jobs and residents.
"We look forward to providing feedback and working with the NSW Government on this crucial project for Sydney," Mrs Forsythe said.