A western Sydney light rail network would help cement Parramatta as Sydney’s second CBD and help boost jobs in the region, according to peak national industry body Tourism & Transport Forum.
Deputy chief executive Trent Zimmerman said it was encouraging that the proposal was now featuring in state planning documents.
“Parramatta City Council has prepared a strong base case for a light rail network,’’ Mr Zimmerman said.
‘‘What we need now is the NSW government to undertake a full feasibility study.
“Light rail would help provide better public transport connections for western Sydney.
“One of the historical legacies of Sydney’s public transport network is that all rail leads to the Sydney CBD.
‘‘If we are to grow other business and commercial centres we need to provide better cross-regional public transport links to hubs like Parramatta.
“There is a strong case for a first-stage light rail network linking the Westmead medical precinct with the Parramatta CBD, the Rosehill precinct, University of Western Sydney at Rydalmere and on to Macquarie Park or Castle Hill.
“This would better connect Parramatta to Sydney’s global economic arc.
“Parramatta is growing and has become a vibrant business and residential centre – but its potential is yet to be fully unlocked.
‘‘Better public transport links would provide a major uplift to the centre and help deliver more employment to the region.
“The NSW government’s Transport Master Plan identified light rail for Parramatta as a project under consideration.
‘‘We urge the government to take the project to the next stage of a full feasibility study.”