Sydney Morning Herald)
Inner city councils call for better walking, cycle paths near metro stations
July 12 2016
Inner Sydney councils are requesting better facilities for walking and cycling as well as extra train stations as part of the Baird government’s $12 billion metro line through central Sydney.
In submissions to the project, which will connect to the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro North West at Chatswood and join the existing Bankstown Line at Sydenham, councils urged the government not to waste the opportunities created by the new line.
Sydney Metro to deliver new stations
New rail stations will be built at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Central, Waterloo, Martin Place, Pitt St and Barangaroo under the Sydney Metro rail project.
The City of Sydney Council and the Inner West Council are pushing for an extra station to be added near the Ashmore estate development at the border of Alexandria and Erskineville.
Apartments will be built for about 6000 residents in the former industrial precinct at Ashmore in the next decade. But there are no rail stations planned for the area, because of the gap of about four kilometres between a proposed Waterloo stop and Sydenham.
However, the councils are also urging better cycle and pedestrian paths be built as part of the project. For instance, the Inner West Council is pushing for new cycling and pedestrian links through St Peters to link in with cycle routes promised as part of the WestConnex motorway.
North of the harbour, Willoughby Council and North Sydney Council have concerns about public access and amenity around new and old train stations.