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Smarter use of infrastructure key to managing Sydney’s future growth

Release Date: 26/05/2016
The Sydney Business Chamber says the NSW Intergenerational Report 2016 shows that making smarter use of existing infrastructure will be key to managing Sydney’s future population growth.
“With the state’s population expected to rise from 7.6 million to 11.2 million by 2056, the Intergenerational Report makes it clear that state revenue growth will not be able to keep up with demand for investment in transport and communications infrastructure,” said Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber.
“We can no longer take it for granted that we will have unlimited access to public funding for infrastructure projects and we will need to adapt by ensuring we make smarter use of our transport infrastructure.
“Improving the way we deliver new projects and use our existing infrastructure can help Sydney overcome congestion, which can often come with the territory of being a truly global city where people want to work and live.
“The report predicts a 50 per cent increase in rail use between 2011 and 2046 in the Sydney Metropolitan Area, which demonstrates the need for us to implement strategies to spread demand so that we can ensure our existing assets are better utilised.
“Sydney must also embrace technological advances such as smarter road signalling and driverless cars to make transport more efficient. 
“We need to ensure that policy makers provide a regulatory environment that supports digital disruption, technological developments and private sector innovation so that Sydney can thrive as a competitive, global city.
“A modern, efficient transport network will support economic growth by ensuring workers can access knowledge jobs located in economic centres, and also help to address housing affordability by widening employment catchment zones and therefore relieving some pressure off inner-city areas,” Mrs Forsythe said.
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 

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