Light rail huge win for Sydney Olympic Park
08 Dec 2015
NSW Premier Mike Baird’s announcement of a light rail line from Parramatta to Strathfield via Sydney Olympic Park is a huge win for the future development and growth of the Olympic peninsula and is expected to also result in a new Western Sydney University campus.
Sydney Olympic Park Authority welcomes this announcement that will provide critical transport infrastructure to the suburb supporting the 10.2 million event patrons that visit each year and its 20,000 daily population of residents, workers and students.
The light rail will also support the future growth of the area with Sydney Olympic Park currently targetted to be home to 14,000 residents and create 31,500 jobs by year 2030.
Staff from businesses already located in the Park, including global electronics leader Samsung, French-owned electronic group Thales, Lion, Fujitsu and the soon to re-locate NRMA, are set to benefit from this additional means of transport, alleviating some pressure on existing roads.
The announcement of this light rail is a big gain for major events, as the Park hosts over 5,000 events a year bringing tourists to NSW, filling hotels, restaurants and supporting services around the area.
The light rail will provide a direct link from hotels in Parramatta and the surrounding suburbs into Olympic Park and will support Sydney Olympic Park Authority in managing large crowds coming to and from the Park.
On the back of the light rail announcement, Chancellor Professor of Western Sydney University Dr Peter Shergold AC, speaking at Shaping the Future of Western Sydney with special guest Premier Mike Baird, indicated the University would be working to establish a new Sydney Olympic Park campus.