New light rail route to go through Strathfield

Strathfield has been named as one of the routes of the state government’s light rail plan and Strathfield MP Jodi McKay is now calling on the government to revisit the redevelopment of the town centre.

Today, Premier Mike Baird, Transport Minister Andrew Constance and Planning Minister Rob Stokes confirmed that the new light rail line would link Westmead, Parramatta and Strathfield with another smaller line.

And in light of today’s announcement, Ms McKay met with the Planning Minister to discuss the town centre redevelopment plan.

“The light rail cannot be built in isolation, and to create a quality precinct in Strathfield, there needs to be something done to rejuvenate the area. The state government can’t have the light rail run on Everton Road and then nothing be done in the centre.

“Also, as the light rail will be impacting many home in Homebush, North Strathfield and Strathfield, the state government needs to hold community consultations if the Parramatta Road Corridor Plan changes.”

Construction is set to begin in 2018 with the government yet to negotiate the cost with the private sector.

“There are opportunities to go further and longer and wider in the long term,” said Mr Baird.

In light of today’s announcement, Strathfield MP Jodi McKay is calling for the state government to revisit plans to redevelop the Town Centre.

“We see both project as central to addressing the population and transport issues facing the region.

“In contrast, the Premier and his government have been dithering on these projects for more than five years now.

“Mike Baird has had numerous opportunities as both Treasurer and Premier to get the redevelopment of Strathfield Square moving after supporting in 2011.”

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