Parramatta to Macquarie Park Light Rail Update

RBF Board members attended an invitation-only Light Rail Symposium on Friday 8 May. The aim of the symposium was to present the benefits of a Light Rail network connecting Parramatta, Carlingford, Epping and Macquarie Park. Ryde Business Forum supports the Parramatta to Macquarie Park Light Rail Network as a key necessity in Sydney’s public transport system to seamlessly link Sydney’s two fastest-growing CBDs, provide an easy way for people to get to and from work and reduce the traffic on our crowded roads.

We would like to share the following update from the City of Ryde with our members:

The Parramatta to Macquarie Park Light Rail corridor would connect the people of Western Sydney and Greater Parramatta to more than 80,000 potential jobs in Macquarie Park, and would have the additional benefit of connecting them to jobs within the North West Growth Corridor, Chatswood and North Sydney.

Addressing this critical missing link will establish a strong connection between Sydney and Parramatta CBDs through Macquarie Park, which serves as the Global Economic Corridor’s central powerhouse.

Light rail has been identified by Transport NSW as being able to play a significant role in Sydney’s transport future, offering an effective option that builds on our current transport network.

Watch this video which explains the problems and the solution:

Download a brochure containing event presentations and key benefits of a light rail corridor between Parramatta and Macquarie Park.

Construction of Critical Missing Link in Light Rail Network is a ‘No Brainer’

Construction of the ‘missing link’ in the Western Sydney Light Rail Network between the Macquarie Park and Parramatta CBDs was described as a ‘no brainer’ by delegates representing three tiers of government, at a Light Rail Symposium hosted by City of Ryde Council and Macquarie University today.

In a rare show of consensus, delegates that included two State cabinet ministers, a Federal minister and three mayors, were unanimous in their agreement that a light rail connection between Parramatta and Macquarie Park (via Carlingford and Epping) was the preferred route for Stage 1 of the Western Sydney Light Rail Network.

City of Ryde Mayor, Bill Pickering, said the Macquarie Park / Parramatta route was the critical missing link in the metropolitan transport strategy:   “Macquarie Park to Parramatta is the only section in the Global Economic Corridor that does not have a current or planned mass-transit service.

“Today, we demonstrated how servicing this Global Economic Corridor with adequate and connected transport infrastructure will ensure its continued significant contribution to the State’s economy and reputation as an international city and benefit the wider Sydney region.”

Linking the two thriving CBDs with light rail infrastructure that can move up to 10,000 passengers per hour was described as a ‘no brainer’ by key note speaker, Dr Michelle Zeibots of the UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures.

When businesses were asked to identify the key transport issues affecting Macquarie Park, 95% of the respondents indicated that traffic congestion affects their business directly.

Vaughan Paul, Vice President of Human Resources of Optus, whose head office campus is located in Macquarie Park, said: “The current transport options are reaching a critical point. If we don’t resolve this soon, companies like Optus will not be able to attract highly skilled workers to the area any more.”

RBF wants to hear your comments about the proposed Light Rail Network. Please email us and tell us your thoughts.