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POTTS Point resident and Darlinghurst record store owner Stephan Gyory is leading a campaign to bring light rail to Oxford St.
So far, the public response has been strongly in his favour.
Mr Gyory, of The Recordstore in Darlinghurst, said Oxford St needed light rail to bring commuters back to the area, which had suffered since the Gateway Project in 2004.
“Initially it was up Oxford St but the planners now appear to be only looking at traffic movements and not pedestrian movements,” Mr Gyory said. ” It looks like they are favouring a tunnel under Devonshire St or another route that will cut through Surry Hills somewhere simply because it is quicker. When they did the 2004 Oxford St upgrade they literally only cared about traffic movements. That upgrade basically turned Oxford St into a six-lane highway. They took the median strip out, they put in bus lanes and they just made it a really unpleasant place for residents and retailers.”
With the opportunity remaining to amend final plans for proposed light rail routes, Mr Gyory said public opinion was behind calling for Oxford St to become a route.
“Draft transport masterplan submissions are closing on the 27th of this month. I know that the routes are being considered now. I know the planners are leaning towards traffic movement as opposed to social impact, which is disappointing.”
Mr Gyory has created an online petition and Facebook page to get his message out.
This article first appeared on sydney-central.whereilive.com.au
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