Bid to get rail link on track

Coun­cil an­nounces its pre­ferred op­tion and says it will make a sub­mis­sion on view

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

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

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