Support for an Inner West light rail extension along Parramatta Road and connecting to Balmain has hit an all-time high, with over 1000 petition signatories calling on the Premier to commit funding.
Greens MP Jamie Parker said:
"Our campaign has obviously had an impact and we've made great progress with the recent announcement of light rail expansion into the CBD. Now it's time for the complete Inner West vision to become a reality.
Mr Parker's proposal to expand the light rail into the Inner West was developed in collaboration with transport experts, academics, Members of Parliament, business leaders and community organisations.
"I'm delighted the community has embraced our plan so enthusiastically. The more support we build, the faster we'll be on our way to building transport that works for people," Mr Parker said.
"We’ve already won an important part of the Inner West light rail plan with the extension into the CBD. Extending the light rail into Balmain and along Parramatta road is the logical and visionary next step.
"We need to continue building community support and putting pressure on the NSW government to commit funding and plan for the long term.
"Our plan will reduce travel times and will integrate with existing and planned networks to ease CBD congestion, revitalise Parramatta Road and deliver a sustainable transport network for the Inner West.
"Light rail is significantly more efficient than buses for moving large numbers of commuters quickly, quietly and with minimal pollution," Mr Parker said.
The planned CBD and South East Light Rail will run from Circular Quay to Central Railway Station via George St, then on to Moore Park, with lines branching off to Kingsford and Randwick.
Mr Parker's proposed light rail plan would extend the existing and planned network, connecting from the CBD and extending along Parramatta road to Leichhardt, and from Lilyfield to Balmain.
Read more and sign the petition here: http://www.jamieparker.org.au/Get-on-board-light-rail/
More information: Alison Martin 9660 7586 or 0432 941 533
February 01, 2013 at 12pm