Tonight, the City will host a community meeting about the proposed light rail route through Surry Hills with Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian and Transport for NSW staff.
I share the concern of Surry Hills residents about the lack of information about this route and asked the Minister to urgently consult the community. She has agreed to present the Government's proposal and its background at this meeting.
Light rail community meeting: Monday 15 April, 6.30pm in the Grand Hall at Sydney Boys High School in Moore Park.
This is your opportunity to learn more about the project and provide feedback directly to the Minister and the NSW Government. Following the Government's presentation, I will facilitate a question and answer session.
The City has worked for many years to develop solutions for serious gridlock in the CBD, particularly due to the large number of buses, and to transform our global city for the future.
The George Street light rail proposal is key to addressing congestion which costs Sydney $5 billion a year, overhauling the bus network and expanding the light rail network. It is critical to securing Sydney's economic future and is supported by city business, workers and residents.
The City committed $220 million specifically for the CBD component of the State Government's light rail project and will work with the Government to secure the greatest possible benefit from the overall project.
George Street light rail spine would form the basis of a network, extending to the Moore Park stadia (which has serious traffic impacts most weekends) and beyond, and I hope it will be extended in future to address the needs of the growing Green Square population.
In the lead up to the State Government's light rail announcement last year, the Government worked on a number of options for different routes for the network.
Up until the December announcement, the Government had preferred a tunnel under Surry Hills. The draft transport master plan released publicly in September showed the Devonshire Street route as an "alternative alignment option for further consideration." However, the Government is now saying they have made a decision that they will build a surface route through Surry Hills.
It is therefore vital that we work together to minimise impacts on residents and protect parkland.
I encourage you to attend the meeting to provide feedback about this important project.