Western Sydney Corridors Consultation Period Extended
Transport for NSW has extended the community consultation period for the preservation of Western Sydney Corridors from 18 May to 1 June 2018, Tony Braxton-Smith, Deputy Secretary, Customer Services, announced today.
Transport for NSW is consulting home owners and the community to seek feedback on more than 190 kilometres of future road and rail corridors across Western Sydney.
“We have seen a high level of engagement with the proposed corridors so far, with thousands of visits and comments on the website mapping tool, emails and calls to a dedicated community hotline,” Mr Braxton-Smith said.
“The first of many planned drop in sessions for community began last evening with an event at Kurrajong attended by around 300 people.
“It is important to get this corridor planning right, and Transport for NSW will continue to listen and take on feedback from people who want more time to absorb the details and respond.”
Western Sydney has an expanding population and planning is underway to prepare for the Western Sydney Airport, a planned third city and an innovation based jobs corridor which will create thousands of new jobs and bring additional residents to the region.
“Most people in Western Sydney understand the region is growing with or without infrastructure,” Mr Braxton-Smith said.
“New suburbs are being created and our existing transport network will need to expand to manage this growth. Over the coming four decades, almost 1 million extra people are expected to call Western Sydney home.”
Transport for NSW has identified corridors to meet long term transport needs while minimising impacts on communities and the environment, residential areas including villages, new communities and housing areas wherever possible.
“This is the first step in a long process, but in many ways, the most crucial step if we are to meet the future needs of western Sydney,” Mr Braxton-Smith said.
Community consultation is critical through this process to ensure Transport for NSW can hear from all impacted home owners and the wider community.
Once the final alignments are decided, land will be protected from any future development that would hinder the development of these important transport corridors. Existing land uses can continue until the land is required for the future infrastructure, which could be many years if not decades away.
For further information go to www.transport.nsw.gov.au/corridors