THERE are concerns that Strathfield will miss out on being included in a planned light rail network. Rumours have surfaced that the State Government has scrapped a proposed link between Sydney Olympic Park and Strathfield as part of the second stage of the Parramatta Light Rail.
People living around Strathfield, North Strathfield and Homebush who had thought that tram stops could be built in their suburbs, have been worried for more than 18 months about the effects the light rail line would have on property values and house sales.
In December 2015, former Premier Mike Baird revealed that as part of a western Sydney tram network, a line would run from the train station at Strathfield to Olympic Park, possibly via North Strathfield. But a Channel 9 news report last week suggested the line could end up servicing Wentworth Point and Newington instead.
Opposition transport spokeswoman and State Labor MP for Strathfield, Jodi McKay, said yesterday the people of Strathfield, Homebush and North Strathfield had been in a holding pattern for 18 months waiting on certainty around routes.
“The Government also rushed through the Parramatta Road Renewal Plan without the light rail in it to give certainty to developers rather than the community,” Ms McKay said.
“This has been a disaster for those communities who do not understand what is happening. This has been done without any confirmation of the Metro West stops.”
Ms McKay said the upgrade of North Strathfield station was also affected because of the uncertainty over whether it could be a stop on the light rail route. A decision on the final route of stage 2 of Parramatta Light Rail was expected by the end of the year.
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