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Growth Area Needs Rail Access

Release Date: 8/10/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber, the leading advocate for the Western Sydney Airport, said the new Priority Growth area around the Airport shows the government is serious about planning for Western Sydney’s future.
The Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, David Borger said, “Plans like this, lay the foundation for Western Sydney’s future prospects.
“Western Sydney needs more jobs and this Airport is the best chance we have for creating a long term solution.
However, Mr Borger once again repeated the Sydney Business Chamber’s calls to establish an independent authority to oversee and manage the airport’s planning and delivery.
“The authority should facilitate integrated planning between the State and Federal Government; it should also be responsible for business and community consultation.
“If this Airport is to be up and running in ten years, proper planning and coordination between all parties, including the business community, is essential.
“We know the Airport will be ‘rail ready’ but we hope a rail connection is visible at the site from day one.
“Access by road alone is completely unsustainable and rail should be the default mode of transport.
“We hosted two international aviation and planning experts at our Preparing for Take-off conference earlier this year, and both agreed that improving the speed and reliability of transport networks is vital to the Airport’s success.
“In his report analysing the future of the Western Sydney Airport, aviation expert Dr John Kasarda said passengers need to access the Western Sydney Airport in no more than 45 minutes for the airport to be commercially viable.
“Rail can do this. We need to plan ahead and ensure the Airport is accessible and able to one day be Western Sydney’s jobs engine.
“We look forward to working with the all levels of government to help deliver much needed infrastructure to region,” said Mr Borger.
Media contact: David Borger 0408 239 262 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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