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Foley Wrong on Harbour Crossing

Release Date: 28/01/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber has expressed disappointment that the Leader of the Opposition has ruled out the second harbour rail tunnel, within weeks of taking office and without broad consultation with business.
The Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber Patricia Forsythe said, “Mr Foley’s logic that Sydney’s north did not need another connection to the CBD is flawed.
“It overlooks the growth projection for the CBD and North Sydney, highlighted by Infrastructure NSW in its latest recommendations to government - up to 2.7 % annually for the next 20 years.
“A second harbour rail crossing will be a key transport connection not only for Barangaroo and the North Sydney CBD, but will be vital to alleviate congestion at Town Hall and Wynyard stations.
“It is not merely about the North Shore as Mr Foley has suggested, but the proposed extension of the Rapid Transit Line will provide a new link for Sydney’s south to the CBD, and beyond.
Mrs Forsythe said, “Infrastructure NSW has forecast that the Second Harbour Crossing will create the largest increase in capacity in the rail network for 80 years.
“Commencing the extension of the rapid transit line as soon as the North West Rail project is completed will give an advantage to the team that has had oversight of the project; this means they will be able to transit to the new project using their prior knowledge and expertise for a seamless commencement.
“Managing Sydney’s growth will require strategies that not only address issues of peak demand in the CBD, but also in North Sydney’s CBD.
“The proposed rapid transit extension will provide a key rail connection at Barangaroo and address the concern that the new precinct lacks adequate public transport connections,” said Mrs Forsythe.
The Sydney Business Chamber has called on Mr Foley to rethink this promise.
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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