Planning for the future: North West Sydney transport corridor secured
NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Barry O'Farrell and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced the NSW Government will secure an additional public transport corridor through Sydney’s booming North West Growth Centre – delivering certainty to the region’s families and businesses.
“The NSW Government is determined to future-proof North West Sydney’s public transport options,” Mr O'Farrell said.
“In addition to getting on with the job of building the North West Rail Link, we’re determined to secure a corridor for its future expansion,” he said.
“Setting aside land now means families in Sydney’s North West will have room for the public transport infrastructure they’ll need in the future.
“More than 200,000 people will move into the North West Growth Centre over the next 25 to 30 years – that’s around 70,000 new houses in the Riverstone, Schofields and Marsden Park areas.
“We need to be ready for this growth, and the NSW Government is getting on with the job of planning a prosperous future for Sydney’s North West,” Mr O'Farrell said.
A public discussion paper outlines two potential corridors and will be used to consult with the community. The two options are:
- Cudgegong Rd to Riverstone: from the end of the North West Rail Link heading northwest to the Richmond Line south of Riverstone Station, a distance of about 3.3km; and,
- Cudgegong Rd to Schofields and Marsden Park: from the end of the North West Rail Link heading west to Schofields Station then further on to Marsden Park, about 6.8km.
Ms Berejiklian said the transport corridor will give certainty as families and businesses move into the North West Growth Centre.
“We are planning ahead so, when the time comes, there is a dedicated corridor that can be used to deliver public transport infrastructure to this booming part of Sydney,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Taking this step to preserve the corridor for the future means families and businesses will be better able to plan their futures with certainty about public transport infrastructure.
“It ensures a better fit between essential services such as transport and the design of town centres as well as the location of key community facilities such as schools.
“Existing planning polices and powers will be used to protect the corridor for future public transport use.
“It also means should a future government wish to expand public transport, land buyback and disruption would be kept to a minimum.
“This protection means any development within or near the corridor will not be allowed to impact the viability of the corridor’s future use for public transport.
“No land will be acquired at this stage. The land will be zoned for public infrastructure purposes and only acquired when a specific project has been approved in the future,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Parliamentary Secretary for Western Sydney and Member for Hawkesbury Ray Williams said identifying and reserving transport corridors before they are needed made good planning and transport sense.
“The Westlink M7 is a great example of this - the corridor was first set aside in the middle of the 20th century as successive governments planned around it for the future growth of Sydney’s west,” Mr Williams said.
“When the time came to cater for that growth and to build the M7, the community knew the corridor had been set aside to meet their transport needs.”
Member for Londonderry Bart Bassett said planning ahead meant greater certainty for landowners and future development adjoining any protected corridor.
“When the time comes to plan public transport infrastructure and services for the region, we will be ready to go.”
Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly called on the community, local businesses, councils, transport groups and service providers to have their say on the proposal.
“I encourage everyone in the region to have their say and make a submissions – this is a vital planning decision and the first step to securing an important infrastructure for the community,” he said.
The corridor options will be on public exhibition until May 18 and a public forum will be held at Rouse Hill Town Centre on March 31.
Submissions can be made online and the corridor study is also available online at www.northwestoptions.com.au
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