I congratulate Premier Baird and Transport Minister Berejiklian for committing to this much-needed project.
Our Council has done a preliminary study showing the project is viable – the extra $10 million will allow for detailed planning work for the network.
Light rail is the way of the future – and this project is a key part of our plans to create a modern and connected 21st Century city at the heart of Sydney.
The project will be a true partnership between local and state government and the private sector. We are involving Ryde and The Hills councils in helping to deliver it.
The Premier’s announcement is a vote of confidence in our Council’s vision for this project.
Our own feasibility study which shows the project is viable at a total cost of $1.7 billion.
The network will link two of the nation’s fastest growing CBDs, Parramatta and Macquarie Park, and also the Hills district, which supplies 60 per cent of Parramatta’s workforce.
It will be fast and frequent, with services coming every 10 minutes and every five minutes for stops within the Parramatta CBD.
It will address the two main challenges facing Western Sydney: creating jobs and catering for a fast growing population. By 2031, the network will support 180,000 jobs and 50,000 homes.
Our feasibility study has identified potential stops and routes along the network, which consists of two lines – the Macquarie Park Line and the Castle Hill Line.
The Macquarie Park Line will connect Westmead, Cumberland Hospital, through Parramatta CBD, the University of Western Sydney, Dundas, Eastwood and Macquarie Park.
From Parramatta, the Castle Hill Line follows Windsor Road, to Baulkham Hills and through the Castle Hill Trading Zone to Castle Hill and interchange to the North West Rail Link.
Both lines travel between Rydalmere and North Parramatta, across Parramatta CBD. This will strengthen the connections between employment and education, and support Parramatta’s growth.
Our study recommends that the Macquarie Line be constructed first as it is expected to have strong patronage throughout the day and evening, from students and health workers at Westmead and the University of Western Sydney.