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Sydney projects on high-priority list

Release Date: 25/02/2017
The Sydney Business Chamber says the inclusion of the Central Station Redevelopment and the Sydney Metro West in the Infrastructure Australia Priority List further emphasises the importance and the benefits of these projects.
“The Chamber supports Infrastructure Australia’s determination of the Central Station Redevelopment as a priority initiative, which will help pave the way towards our vision for a grand Central Station,” said Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber.
“The station needs additional capacity to support the introduction of the metro system as well as ensure the station which is Sydney’s busiest interchange is capable of managing future passenger movements which are expected to increase by almost 67 per cent between 2014 and 2036.”
Mrs Forsythe said the precinct was one of Sydney’s major gateways and it was pleasing to see the station’s redevelopment on the high-priority list.
“Central Station has the potential to become a world-class interchange suitable for a global city but currently it is congested and hard to navigate, especially for visitors.
“With the addition of the Sydney Metro and nearby Sydney CBD Light Rail, the Central Station precinct will become even more important as an interchange.”
Sydney Business Chamber, Wester Sydney Director David Borger, said, “It is great to see Infrastructure Australia giving the Sydney Metro West the tick of approval.”
Mr Borger said the project would carry around 40,000 passengers an hour, thereby doubling existing rail capacity between Sydney CBD and Parramatta. 
“The Sydney Metro West will provide much-needed additional public transport capacity between Sydney’s two major CBDs.
“It will have huge benefits for Western Sydney and will support large precincts such as Sydney Olympic Park by providing greater accessibility.”
He said the line should extend past Parramatta Station to Westmead given the precinct would become Western Sydney’s economic powerhouse with up to 50,000 knowledge jobs, according to a Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney Report released in July 2016.  
“This nation-building project is now more important than ever so we need to think of ways we can bring it forward now it has Commonwealth and State support.”   

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