March 2018 update
The Transport Minister announced in late-June 2017 that consultation has begun on Sydney Metro West. The project aims to provide a direct link between Parramatta and Sydney.
A concept for the new metro line has been confirmed, and includes four key destinations:
Parramatta, where the number of jobs is expected to double over the next 20 years to 100,000
Sydney Olympic Park, which will be home to 34,000 jobs and more than 23,000 residents by 2030
The Bays Precinct, Sydney’s new innovation hub where 95 hectares of land is being regenerated
Sydney CBD, allowing easy access to the existing public transport network and Stages 1 and 2 of Sydney Metro.
The final number of stations and the alignment of the line will be finalised through consultation with the community & industry. The project is expected to be built largely underground and be operational in the second half of the 2020s.
I believe the West Metro Project should be fast tracked to help relieve congestion on the Western Line. it is simply not good enough that this key project is being delayed.
Sydney Olympic Park Masterplan
The NSW Government released its draft masterplan for Sydney Olympic Park in October 2016.
The plan focuses on a 210 hectare area that includes the railway station, bound by Hill Road to the west, parkland to the north and east and the M4 Motorway and Homebush Bay Drive to the south.
The government is proposing to develop a town centre, which includes mixed use development along key roads including Olympic Boulevard (45 storey high rise) and Australia Avenue (30 storey high rise).
Under the plan, there will be 23,500 residents and 34,000 workers at Olympic Park by 2030. The plan also proposes a new high school, possibly at the corner of Australia Avenue and Homebush Bay Drive, but is vague on transport connections. There is little mention of how Australia Avenue roundabout we will be improved.
Last year, the government committed $1 billion for light rail from Parramatta through Olympic Park to Strathfield. The preferred routes were to be released in July/August 2016, but it now appears the government is reassessing its decision, which is very disappointing.
This project impacts on areas like North Strathfield, Concord West and Homebush and comes at a time when the Government is finalising its Parramatta Road Urban Transformation Plan.
Parramatta Light Rail
The Government announced in 2016 that it would construct a light rail line from Paramatta to Olympic park and onto Strathfield.
In October 2017, the Government rejected the Strathfield route and instead announced it would connect to the Wentworth Point area. Details of the route can be found by visiting the following link.
The Olympic park connection will not be completed until the late 2020s which leaves Olympic Park without transport connection for up to 15 years.
The Government has now removed our area from three transport proposals;
Light Rail from Parramatta
The Metro West, and
Parramatta Road Light Rail (this project has been cancelled)
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Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) District Plans
The Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) released the District Plan (Eastern City District) for our area in March 2018. You can access the plans and further information here.
Parramatta Road Urban Transformation Plan
The plan has been finalised and will be incorporated into the district plan.