A new in­ter­change will make com­mut­ing to and from the se­cond big­gest busi­ness district in NSW eas­ier for pub­lic trans­port users

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A new in­ter­change at Mac­quarie Park will make com­mut­ing to and from the se­cond big­gest busi­ness district in New South Wales eas­ier for more than 20,000 pub­lic trans­port users.

The New South Wales and fed­eral gov­ern­ments agreed to build the ma­jor new in­ter­change as part of a $100 mil­lion in­vest­ment re­cently.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull says the joint project will stream­line the com­mut­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for trans­port cus­tomers and re­duce con­ges­tion on lo­cal roads.

“This in­ter­change is a game-changer for peak-hour com­muters who travel to and from Mac­quarie Park every day,” he says. “It will pro­vide faster, safer and eas­ier tran­si­tions be­tween var­i­ous trans­port op­tions and John Alexan­der has cam­paigned tire­lessly for bet­ter trans­port ser­vices for his com­mu­nity.

“We are de­liv­er­ing the trans­port in­fras­truc­ture to en­sure Syd­ney res­i­dents spend more time at home with their fam­ily and less time com­mut­ing.”

NSW Premier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian says the in­ter­change would make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to the area.

“Mac­quarie Park is a crit­i­cal driver of eco­nomic growth in NSW, and it is im­por­tant we de­liver the best pub­lic trans­port pos­si­ble to the tens of thou­sands of peo­ple who live, work and study in the area,” she says.

“This fund­ing will al­low us to not only fast track the project, but also choose a de­sign with the best out­comes for ur­ban amenity.”

NSW Min­is­ter for Trans­port and In­fras­truc­ture An­drew Con­stance says the fund­ing to­wards a new in­ter­change will sup­port the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s work in im­prov­ing lo­cal trans­port and the con­struc­tion of the Syd­ney Metro mega-project, which opens in 2019.

“We have been do­ing our home­work in pre­par­ing a strate­gic busi­ness case for the trans­port pri­or­i­ties of

Mac­quarie Park, this im­por­tant in­jec­tion of fund­ing from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will al­low us to fast track a bet­ter in­ter­change for our cus­tomers,” he says.

Lib­eral can­di­date for Ben­ne­long John Alexan­der says the in­ter­change will im­prove traf­fic flow around Mac­quarie Cen­tre and Mac­quarie Univer­sity, and re­duce con­ges­tion for lo­cal mo­torists.

“This in­ter­change is a huge win for peo­ple of Ben­ne­long. It will re­duce con­ges­tion on our lo­cal roads and make it eas­ier for com­muters to travel from A to B,” he says.

Work will be­gin im­me­di­ately on a busi­ness case that will de­ter­mine the fi­nal de­sign, in­clud­ing whether parts of the in­ter­change should be built un­der­ground.

“It will pro­vide faster, safer and eas­ier tran­si­tions be­tween trans­port op­tions”

A new in­ter­change in Mac­quarie Park is as part of a $100 mil­lion gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment

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