Sydney Backs Fast Tracking Rail Link

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has welcomed the O'Farrell Government's decision to fast track the North West Rail Link.

"We fully support the Government's decision to bring forward this vital project and its plan to seek Federal Government funding," the Lord Mayor said.

"More than 10,000 workers from the north-west growth area head to the City each day. With the proposed increase of land releases in the north-west these numbers will only increase.

"The City already struggles to cope with the more than 300 buses per hour entering the City from the north, with severe congestion and long delays for passengers at the end of a very lengthy bus trip.

"Worse still, it is predicted that without a North West rail link a further 150 buses will arrive in the morning peak over the next 10 years - leading to more gridlock and requiring major restrictions on commercial, loading and private car trips in the northern part of the City."

Ms Moore said the City relies heavily on public transport to function, both physically and to remain attractive and competitive as the largest and most dense employment precinct in Australia.

"If Sydney and Australia are to remain competitive as an economic powerhouse and major employer, public transport options must be improved as quickly as possible," the Lord Mayor said.

"While the City also supports the Epping to Parramatta rail link and another harbour rail crossing, the priority to meet existing and future demand must be the North West Rail Link."

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