The Australian Greens today announced their transport vision for Parramatta which will re-direct $1.7 billion of federal infrastructure funding from private motorways to start construction on the Western Sydney light rail network to Parramatta CBD.
Australian Greens transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said: “Parramatta is Sydney’s second CBD and the Western Sydney light rail network proposed by Parramatta Council will better meet the needs of millions of residents who want to live and work in western Sydney than a new motorway ever will.
“The Greens will divert the $2.2 billion of federal infrastructure funding to build the first stage of the new $1.7 billion Western Sydney light rail network to Parramatta CBD as well as a $500 million new Inner West light rail network, the first leg from Central to Leichhardt.
“The first stage of the project could be completed in a few short years, attracting new jobs growth closer to home for Western Sydney families.
Phil Bradley, Greens Parramatta candidate said: “Private motorway projects dump more cars and more air pollution on Sydney, and will result in more Western Sydney traffic congestion in the future.
“Roads around Parramatta such as near Westmead Hospital, Rosehill and at North Parramatta are already in grid lock at peak periods, sometimes blocking ambulance access.
“This problem will be addressed by the first stage of the new rail network, which consists of two light rail lines that connect Greater Parramatta together: Westmead medical precinct, North Parramatta urban renewal precinct; Parramatta CBD; Rosehill/Camellia; and the University of Western Sydney at Rydalmere.
“Our transport vision for Parramatta is one which better targets the future travel needs of Western Sydney commuters.
“The Western Sydney light rail network proposal will be designed so as to not compromise future duplication of heavy rail between Camellia and Carlingford.
“This would be part of the much needed missing heavy rail link between the Western Line near Parramatta and the new Epping to Castle Hill rail extension.
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Lee Rhiannon: 0487 350 880
Phil Bradley: 0425 265 170