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An ambitious and wide-ranging plan for a transport and infrastructure revolution in Sydney’s inner west has been revealed. Among the suggestions include a new metro rail line as well as an extended light rail network.
The inner west could be set for multimillion-dollar transport and infrastructure overhaul with new metro lines, an extension to the light rail, numerous rapid bus services and a vast network of walking and cycle lanes.
Inner West Council is investigating these proposals among others as part of its 2036 masterplan, currently on public exhibition.
New metro rail makes up a big part of the plan. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett)The population of the inner west is forecast to increase by 38,646 by 2036, which the draft report states, “will generate further demand for new and improved transport infrastructure, particularly along the Parramatta Road Corridor and around the heavy rail lines at Marrickville and Dulwich Hill.”
The council states it will investigate additional heavy rail lines, including a North-South Metro or Inner Circle Line.
A map from the plan showing the possible North South Metro line route (blue strip)It is envisaged this would go from Sydenham up through Dulwich Hill and then on to Ashfield, Five Dock, Drummoyne and then over to the North Shore.
If the masterplan is approved, the council states it will also push for a Metro West station at Leichhardt either near to the Leichhardt North or Marion light rail stops.
“These concepts seek to create more reliable, high frequency north-south public and active transport connectivity, improving links between key existing and future economic centres and educational hubs including the Camperdown Ultimo Health and Education Precinct, Sydney Airport, Green Square and the Bays Precinct,” the draft planning statement reads.
The document also highlights the light rail for improvements.
One idea involves a duplication of the line near to Dulwich Hill.
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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