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Light rail and high density on Parramatta Road: what he said

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I have had a draft blog post for a while about how I think Sydney should grow in the inner west rather than the outer west. For anyone who has listened to me rant about Sydney, it will sound familiar. The basic points are that we need:

  • the M4 east extension, connecting the M4 to the City Westlink, bypassing the Parramatta Rd bottleneck (getting trucks and western Sydney traffic off the route) (see below).
  • re-establishment of light rail along Parramatta Rd from Central to Strathfield, slowing down traffic, encouraging cycling and walking, and making restaurants and shopping accessible
  • high density housing along the whole thing to replace the ugly crappy wasteland that’s there at the moment

However I can now delete this draft, since my exact whole plan was basically laid out by Andrew West in the Herald on the weekend. The Planning Institute of Australia and the Urban Development Institute of Australia have called on the government to have another look at Parramatta Road. Everything in the article is basically what I think too.

For some more info on the options for the M4 east, the RTA has the options paper from 2003 that examined a few possibilities. The short tunnel option exiting at Lilyfield (the yellow line below) seems to be vaguely favoured in the report.

M4 route options

M4 route options, from the RTA options paper

Written by Francis

April 20, 2010 at 12:14 am

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  1. yea i remember reading that article too… looking forward to the day.


    August 4, 2010 at 5:52 pm

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