PLANS for the $31 billion revitalisation of Parramatta Rd might as well “be thrown in the bin” after the State Government shelved a proposed a tram line along the dilapidated corridor, according to Strathfield state Labor MP Jodi McKay.
Ms McKay, Labor’s transport spokeswoman, said light rail linking the inner west to the CBD should be a catalyst for improving the congested route.
It was revealed on Friday that a $2.7 billion proposal for as many as 15 stops along Parramatta Rd was abandoned by the Government at the beginning of the year.
There were also reports two weeks ago that a tram link from Olympic Park to Strathfield had been scrapped.
Last November the Government announced a Parramatta Rd transformation strategy, overseen by the Greater Sydney Commission, would include 27,000 new dwellings, more commercial development and 50,000 jobs.
“This light rail, and the link to Strathfield, was part of an option they were considering as part of the Parramatta Rd renewal plan,” Ms McKay said.
“The two transport projects that were to be the catalyst for change in the area have been wiped off the board. They might as well throw the renewal plans in the bin.”