The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue has thrown its support behind a potential extension of the metro rail line from Bankstown to Liverpool, as announced by the NSW Government today.
NSW Premier, Mike Baird and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, confirmed the formal commencement of the planning process for the Sydney Metro City and South-West project, including confirmation of the new stations, and investigations into extending the line to Liverpool.
Chair of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Christopher Brown AM, welcomed the decision and acknowledged the leadership and persistence of Liverpool Mayor, Councillor Ned Mannoun, who had been campaigning for the Liverpool extension line for the last six months.
“Full credit to Mayor Mannoun, who for the past six months, has been knocking on doors, handing out flyers at train stations and meeting with the key stakeholders and the community to get Liverpool, the line it deserves,” Mr Brown said.
“The Committee for Liverpool, which the Mayor helped establish, and includes some of Sydney’s leaders in business, planning and transport, has also been a driving force in raising awareness on this, and other key issues, and its pleasing that the State Government has listened.”
Mr Brown added that the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue had recently met with Minister Constance’s office and was reassured that NSW Government had its sights clearly set on improving connectivity and accessibility throughout the region.
“Both Minister Constance and Premier Baird deserve a big wrap for their ongoing commitment to infrastructure investment in Western Sydney,” he said.
“Together with last week’s joint announcement with Federal Minister for Major Projects, Paul Fletcher, on a rail link to Badgerys Creek, today’s decision demonstrates, that at all levels of Government, there is a genuine willingness to not just support, but facilitate the growth of Western Sydney.
“The announcements also highlight the need for further discussion and action on how to improve the region’s north-south connections and fuel the development of Western Sydney’s three river cities of Liverpool, Penrith and Parramatta.”
“The Dialogue recognises that the metro, along with other major infrastructure projects in the pipeline, are based on value-sharing ideals, and I’ve got a lot of confidence in the private sector’s ability to support and contribute to the future of public infrastructure.”