->FASTER RAIL LINKS FROM OUTLYING AREAS?
Should we be looking at faster medium speed rail (forget HSR) to allow people living further away to commute to Sydney?
Could be a possible solution but wouldn’t solve the issue of car dependency in the outer areas, potentially leading to the inability to provide enough parking at stations for the commuted, as is already seen on the intercity network at stations like Gosford and Thirroul.
There is also the issue of unregulated employers knowing the addresses of applicants, even though someone can theoretically commute to Sydney in a reasonable amount of time, their job applications may be rejected in favour of locals who are wealth enough to live in Sydney.
->INFRASTRUCTURE FOR SECONDARY NON-CAPITAL CITIES?
Should we be building new infrastructure in secondary non-capital cities, such as public transport, to generate an expanded labour market, as well as making these places a more attractive place to live? Taking away the problem of Sydney altogether?
It’s absolutely ridiculous to think that NSW is a state with 800,642 km² with only ONE liveable city, it’s no wonder we have an affordability crisis!
The only problem is that currently the only other cities large enough for such infrastructure are Wollongong and Newcastle, and they are close to Sydney (especially Wollongong) so it doesn’t spread the population much, but it would be a start.
Albury, Wagga Wagga, Port Macquarie, and Coffs Harbour would be better location Le for this infrastructure geographically speaking, but they don’t have the populations to support it.
->BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR SYDNEY?
Should we be reviewing the way Sydney’s public transportation infrastructure is built so it encourages densification and infill?
Current Sydney infrastructure for the outer ‘cheaper’ suburbs is based on and constructed to support urban sprawl and park & ride (meaning car dependency), projects like the South West Rail Link and the Northwest Metro are built with lengthy station spacing and large car parks (which are never big enough, has anyone here tried parking a car at Holsworthy?).
Sydney needs public transport projects that encourage densification and infill, not urban sprawl and car dependency.
Residents need to be able to easily walk to a statin since no matter how big you make the commuter car park, it won’t be enough until the point where the resources used to construct the car park would be better used building more public transport.
But would this be enough to solve the housing affordability crisis? even with Sydney being more dense and walkable, there would still be the issue of 800,642 km² of land and ONE liveable city.
What are your thoughts, and what is the solution?