Light rail link from Bankstown to Parramatta would boost jobs but will WestConnex swallow all funds?

Bankstown state Labor MP Tania Mihailuk at Chester Hill train station with angry commuters, protesting the Sydney Trains cuts to train timetables. Picture: Timothy Clapin

Bankstown state Labor MP Tania Mihailuk at Chester Hill train station with angry commuters, protesting the Sydney Trains cuts to train timetables. Picture: Timothy Clapin

Canterbury-Bankstown Express: Light rail link from Bankstown to Parramatta would boost jobs but will WestConnex swallow all funds? James Beech (April 27, 2015)

More than 16,000 people who commute from Bankstown to Parramatta each day would benefit from light rail linking the two regions.

A line to Bankstown is one of four routes from Parramatta being investigated by the State Government.

A train between the two suburbs takes between 33 and 37 minutes, with a change at Lidcombe.

There are about 16,000 trips via all modes of transport from Bankstown LGA to Parramatta LGA on an average weekday, according to the state 2012-13 Household Travel Survey.

Public transport advocacy group EcoTransit Sydney believes the link would improve connections to major employment, education and retail centres.

“The new lines would also act as feeders for the heavy rail system and free-up hundreds of buses for cross-regional and feeder services where none currently exist,” co-convener Gavin Gatenby said.

Could Light Rail one day become the way you commute to Parramatta?

Could Light Rail one day become the way you commute to Parramatta?

“It would certainly be a big boost for business and employment in Bankstown.

“The problem is that if the government commits $15 billion (to) WestConnex – which focuses on the CBD – there will simply be no money available for western Sydney light rail.”

Bankstown state Labor MP Tania Mihailuk supported any public transport improvements for the area, but said reduced train services were a bigger issue.

Parramatta is hailed as the demographic and geographical centre of Sydney.

Parramatta is hailed as the demographic and geographical centre of Sydney.

“The most pressing transport concern in our community is the need to reinstate the Inner West rail line, Liverpool via Regents Park,” Ms Mihailuk said.

Engineering, transport planning and customer numbers forecasts are being studied to find the best way of improving public transport connections between Parramatta and key western Sydney destinations, a Transport for NSW spokesman said.

“No final decisions about the exact route or stop locations have been determined,” he said.

Western Sydney Light Rail concept fly through

  • Parramatta to Macquarie Park via Carlingford
  • Parramatta to Castle Hill via Old Northern Rd
  • Parramatta to Bankstown
  • Parramatta to Sydney Olympic Park