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The NSW government is increasingly closing in on confirming Pyrmont as a station for the new Sydney Metro West line, which will run from Westmead via Parramatta to the Sydney CBD.
While stations have been confirmed at Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Doc and The Bays in Rozelle, a question mark has hung over a station in Pyrmont.
This week, Sydney Metro released an invitation to participate to the private sector for a potential Metro station at Pyrmont. The market engagement process aims to provide feedback on the scope for financial and/or non-financial contribution from the private sector and/or commercial beneficiaries to a station in Pyrmont.
The engagement will include written submissions and one-on-one meetings with selected participants. The invitation to respond names landowners, business, other private sector and commercial entities as potential participants.
This engagement with the private sector follows the release of a planning strategy for the Pyrmont Peninsula, which includes multiple mentions of a potential station. The station would support the strategy’s vision for a connected and low-carbon peninsula. The strategy hopes to realise the benefits of a new station by making Pyrmont a “destination, rather than a point where journeys start”.
Announcing the strategy on July 31, Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said that options were still being considered for the station.
“We’re still working through the potential for a Metro station in Pyrmont, but it has progressed to the next stage of the process.”
A new Metro station has previously been touted as a way to extend the Sydney CBD and connect the two peninsulas.
Constance said that further connections to Western Sydney would be required.
“Connecting Pyrmont with Western Sydney would encourage jobs, investment and economic growth. My job is to ensure the area is easily accessible and has the right transport options in place.”
This article first appeared on www.railexpress.com.au
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