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There will be no infrastructure improvements to Vineyard’s outdated train station despite rapid development earmarked for the semi-rural community because the State Government is prioritising funds for the Sydney Metro Northwest line.
Commuters are forced to use a packed-dirt carpark, one platform and a single line despite development on Vineyard Precinct – featuring 2400 housesand more than 7400 residents – to start next year.
Windsor Rd, already straining at peak hours, will have to take the bulk of the burden of increased traffic when the suburb, new primary school, sports fields, a village green and 24ha of open spaces are developed.
Residents will be happy to hear badly pockmarked Bandon Rd at Vineyard is due for major works.
But Vineyard station has only recently seen an electronic information board and announcement speakers fitted.
Eastbound and westbound trains only arrive every 30 minutes but duplicating the track is the key to increasing the frequency.
The smooth running of trains relies on any oncoming trains pulling into the two-track Riverstone station, the next stop up the line from Vineyard.
A similar situation exists two stations down the line to Richmond at Mulgrave station.
The outdated crossing at Vineyard railway station is not due for an upgrade. Pic: Melanie RussellWhen Planning Minister Rob Stokes announced the new precinct, Riverstone state Liberal MP Kevin Conolly said: “We want to see Vineyard grow and flourish as a vibrant community and this plan will help achieve this.’’
But Mr Conolly last week said after spending $8.3 billion on the Sydney Metro Northwest – which stops at Rouse Hill – there was no money left for the Richmond T1 line duplication.
“The priority has been the northwest and southwest metro lines,” Mr Conolly said.
“I’m continuing to lobby to keep the duplication (of the line) on the agenda.
“I am reminding the minister I would like to see duplication of the line and I have talked to the Premier, too.”
Mr Conolly would not be drawn on Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s response but said the funds allocated for the northwest line were “already spoken for, and there isn’t further funding”.
A spokesman said: “The upgrade of facilities at Vineyard station will continue to be considered as part of future planning for the Transport Access Program, a NSW Government initiative to deliver public transport infrastructure across the state.”
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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