The Western Sydney Business Chamber has commended an Infrastructure Australia report that focuses a spotlight on the public transport black hole in the outer suburbs of Sydney.
David Borger, Director of the Western Sydney Business Chamber, said, “Western Sydney and communities on Sydney’s edge are at risk of being left behind unless transport infrastructure is improved.
“Mass public transport is expensive and takes a long time to deliver. The focus of Government must be to use emerging technology such as on-demand buses and ride share to give commuters in the outer suburbs more options than just jumping in their cars and joining the car parks on our motorways,” Mr Borger said.
“The report, Outer Urban Public Transport: Improving Accessibility in Lower Density Areas
, recommends continuing to focus on building up our regional CBDs like Parramatta, Liverpool, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Blacktown and Penrith and that makes a lot of sense to bring more jobs to where people live.
“Western Sydney residents travel several hours each day to get to and from work and this ultimately impacts quality of life. No one wants to spend hours in a car or on a train in order to access their job.
“Access to efficient public transport is essential for communities to thrive and succeed.
“Smart phones, apps and real time information on public transport are greatly improving service delivery by giving operators the data they need to match transport to demand.
“These will continue to be a great way to maximize the public transport infrastructure we have in place while we wait for the big ticket projects like Sydney Metro West and the North South link to the new Western Sydney Airport, to be built,” he said.
“This report reiterates the urgent need to boost public transport infrastructure in our suburbs, and major projects such as Metro West must be prioritised,” Mr Borger said.