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Business Must Adapt to Support Light Rail

Release Date: 28/05/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber has described the CBDSE Light Rail Project as a transforming project for Sydney but one that will require city-users to be patient and adaptable during the construction phase.
Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsythe said, “Business, especially those with a large city based workforce, can play a role by promoting not only flexible work arrangements, but variable start times.
“With about a third of all journeys to the CBD each day occurring in the one hour between 8.00am – 9.00am, it is clear congestion could be eased with a shift by many workers to an earlier or later start and finish time.
“It will not be business as usual in the CBD for the next three years and business needs to promote a variable work pattern to their employees.
“The City will be transformed by the light rail project but it will require the community to adapt to the changes.
“If every one day in 10 desk-bound workers could work from home the reduction in trips to the city would take pressure off both public transport and the CBD road system.
Mrs Forsythe said, “The Government’s announcement of details of the project’s construction timetable is welcomed and should resolve some of the questions raised by stakeholders during the regular briefing sessions.
“Since the project was announced over three years ago key stakeholders have met with the light rail project team and other key agencies on a regular basis. Already there is a strong sense of comradery and a shared desire amongst many of the stakeholders to work on projects that make the city attractive and interesting to users, despite the work being undertaken.
“The exciting thing that is emerging is that there is a strong sense of collaboration about this project, with stakeholders aware that the best way to achieve a positive outcome is through a strong communication process, that is open and timely,” said Mrs Forsythe.
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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