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Parramatta Light Rail to Unlock the Region’s Potential

Release Date: 10/12/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber has applauded the announcement of the light rail route from Westmead to Strathfield via Parramatta CBD, as it will transform the area.
David Borger, Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber said, “This project will create new opportunities for the region, attracting new investment along its route.
“The Sydney Business Chamber identified the route over a year ago as it creates a dual solution; it will fix the Olympic Park legacy, as well as ‘super charge’ jobs growth for the corridor.
“There is already a sizeable workforce of 120,000 people working along the route and almost two-thirds of these people do not live in the area.
“Creating a good public transport option is essential to linking cities within the west.
“Cities that prosper will need to attract high density knowledge workers and we can only achieve high density with great public transport.
“The eight kilometre stretch between Westmead and Sydney Olympic park could become one of Australia's largest cities with light rail linking four hospitals, two universities and two stadiums.
“At the moment the three centres of Parramatta, Westmead and Sydney Olympic park are essentially islands.
“Light rail connecting the three centres would bolster new housing and employment growth, and the satellite suburbs around it.
“Camellia has become a low density industrial island. Light rail will transform the peninsula into a high density mixed use precinct.
“We need a stronger city with the potential to create more jobs closer to home for our two million residents and this project goes a long way to starting this process.
“The provision of the Parramatta light rail is the result of integration between multiple government agencies and a clear indicator of the NSW government‘s support for Sydney’s second CBD,” said Mr Borger.

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