Rail axing will make the struggle for new housing even tougher

31 October 2008

The decision to axe both the south-west rail link and the North-West Metro will damage efforts to boost the supply of housing in Sydney, according to Aaron Gadiel, chief executive of the Urban Taskforce.

High capacity public transport services create opportunities to build new compact pedestrian friendly communities, Mr Gadiel said.


New train stations would have been great local hubs surrounded by new homes, cafes, retail and workplaces.


Todays decision denies Sydney an opportunity to meet its housing challenge.


It will make it harder for the State Government to meet its State Plan promise to allow more people to live within 30 minutes by public transport of a city or major centre.


The Urban Taskforce is a property development industry group, representing Australias most prominent property developers and equity financiers.



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