A radical transformation of the rail network – and planning for a second line to service the CBD – will help underpin Sydney’s future growth.
The Property Council of Australia has welcomed the Government’s proposal to re-boot the rail network’s operation and build in additional capacity via new lines.
“We are fundamentally a city of commuters so it makes sense to begin game changing initiatives on the network,” NSW Executive Director, Glenn Byres, said today.
“Sydney has regularly failed the test when it comes to long-range planning that recognises future population and economic hot spots.
“The reforms aspire to create a network designed to anticipate and encourage growth, and recognise the role of Sydney’s CBD as our economic jewel in the crown.
“The Property Council has long made the case for a second rail line under the harbour and servicing Sydney’s CBD so the signal that planning will start is welcome.
“Sydney’s profile as an economic powerhouse means future growth is inevitable and it is essential that the rail network keeps pace.
“The fact that services from the north west cannot run seamlessly to and beyond the CBD until a second crossing is completed underscores its importance.
“The logistical and financial challenge of delivering a second line to service the CBD should not be under-estimated.
“But the Government is right to start work now – not just on this initiative but other measures announced in the package.
“More efficient use of the existing network through deploying single-deck, high-frequency services will deliver an economic dividend, particularly in major economic hubs.
“The corridor from the north west is already home to thriving business parks, retail centres and residential areas – and is earmarked for more substantial growth.
“So it is sensible to link rail services through the region to major employment precincts like Macquarie Park.”
Contact: Glenn Byres, NSW Executive Director 0419 695 435.