A proposed north-south rail link, which would connect The Hills to the future Western Sydney Airport, has The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne on board.
Dr Byrne backed the rail link saying it could free-up road congestion, provide access to more jobs and allow residents a direct link to the new Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek.
“Over the coming decades, an extra 200,000 people will move into the North West Growth Centre, taking its population well above 600,000,” Dr Byrne said.
“It makes sense to connect the north with the south via a direct rail link before our growing population explodes and the demand for better transport is needed.
“The Hills Council has continued to voice its support for this very important connection and has done so for many years.
“Without easy access via a north-south rail link, hundreds of thousands of residents living in north-west Sydney will miss out on jobs and easy access into the south-west, as well as into the new airport.”
The proposed north-south rail line runs from Rouse Hill in the north to Campbelltown-Macarthur in the south, via Western Sydney Airport and with Liverpool connected via an extension of the Leppington line.
Dr Byrne said the success of the new airport was dependent on how well it connects to the greater north-west Sydney region.
“I think the airport will fall short of expectation and won’t reach its full potential because it will be too far for north-west Sydney residents to get to,” Dr Byrne said.
“But if we do have the proper connections in place, including a rail link, workers in Norwest Business Park and residents in the surrounding suburbs could easily jump on a train to the airport where they could then catch a flight to Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide or even into Asia.”