Grant $50m for light rail

PUBLIC transport in and around Wentworth Point and the Carter Street Precinct, has received a huge boost with the State Government committing $50 million to begin planning Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance says the area is growing at an exponential rate and requires infrastructure that is smart, future-proof and will offer the community a variety of transport choices.
Connections at Wentworth Point and Sydney Olympic Park are part of the preferred route for Stage 2.
State MP for Auburn, Lynda Voltz, welcomed the funding saying much of Wentworth Point and the Carter Street Precinct had been designed to accommodate – and was dependent on – the promised Stage 2 of the Light Rail.
She said that for too long the State Government had continually talked down this project, despite increasing the Carter Street development by another 700 dwellings, bringing the total number of dwellings to 6,200 simply on the back of the proposed Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2.
“With another 30,000 people expected in the peninsula over the next decade, Stage 2 of the Light Rail will be vital to ensuring that there is access from Carter Street to Wentworth Point and on to Parramatta and reduce the expected traffic load,” she said.
“The announcement of the funding for Stage 2 is a reward for members of the local community that have continued to fight for this project and ensure their local community is not forgotten.
“While I welcome the funding, I will be keeping a close eye on the ongoing commitment to this project.
“We cannot afford for Stage 2 of the Light Rail to face the same fate as other local projects that were axed after the planning stage and the budget needs to ensure there is full funding for the project over the forward estimates.”