Bid to get rail link on track
Council announces its preferred option and says it will make a submission on view
PENRITH Council is continuing to lobby the State and Federal Governments for a north-south rail link, which will connect St Marys to major CBDs and the proposed western Sydney airport.
Councillors spoke again of their preferred options at Monday’s council meeting, in light of the Western Syd- ney Rail Needs Scoping Study, and agreed to make a submission reiterating the council’s stance.
South Ward councillor Karen McKeown said the council chose Option 6, connecting the Macarthur region, the future airport, St Marys and Schofields, and extend the Sydney Metro north-west line.
“Everyone was in agreement as (this option) infi- nitely makes sense ... to link up the campuses of Western Sydney University ... and also the growing population in the western and south- western suburbs,” Cr McKeown said.
“In that outer ring you have huge populations which will come up around the Sydney Science Park and employment areas to the south.
“We can’t continue to build mini cities without linking them to public transport. This will be in (the council’s) submission.”
It is expected the scoping study will be completed mid next year.
As part of the study, a discussion paper has been released and explores where rail is necessary, funding and delivery.
Communities and stakeholders can make submissions to Transport for NSW.
Comments are due by Friday. The survey can be found at westernsydneyrail.transport.nsw.gov.au.
We can’t continue to build mini cities without linking them to public transport.” - Karen McKeown