The New South Wales Government’s Future Transport Strategy 2056 identified the need for additional mass transit links connecting Parramatta with strategic centres across Western Sydney.
From 2011 to 2031, Sydney’s population is expected to increase by 1.6 million people. The majority of this growth (900,000 people) is forecast to occur in the Western Sydney region. As a stand-alone region, Western Sydney would be the nation’s fourth largest region and third largest economy.
The Parramatta CBD and several other precincts – including the Westmead health precinct, Western Sydney University, Rydalmere, North Parramatta, and Camellia – have been identified for urban renewal and residential and commercial redevelopment.
This redevelopment is expected to accelerate Parramatta’s growth and bring more jobs, businesses and residents into the Parramatta CBD and surrounding areas. Employment in the Parramatta Local Government Area is expected to grow 30% by 2031, from 114,000 people in 2016.
Without investment in public transport, population and jobs growth will lead to increased congestion on the road and rail networks.
Additional public transport, which could include mass transit (heavy rail and metro) and intermediate transit (bus or light rail), to connect Parramatta to strategic centres and residential areas in Western Sydney. This would help alleviate congestion on the road and public transport networks. Some public transport solutions could also facilitate urban renewal in Western Sydney.
Proponent to identify initiatives and develop options (Stage 2 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).