Public transport in Sydney set for overhaul

Extensive-additions-to-Sydneys-existing-rail-network-are-on-the-way_157_73848_0_14090167_300Major plans are in the pipeline for Sydney’s public transportation system. New rail and light rail projects are set to ease congestion in the city and make life easier for tens of thousands of commuters.

One of the projects proposed to improve liveability in the Harbour City is a 30km Sydney Rapid Transit rail network, which will add an extra rail line to the North West Rail Link. The proposed line will run under Sydney Harbour and pass through the CBD to Bankstown.

According to a June 10 release by the New South Wales government, the rail link will reduce crowding at existing train stations by establishing three new underground stations in the CBD. The link will see up to 30 trains running every hour and will feature a turn up and go service, eliminating the need to depend on complicated timetables and laborious planning.

This news came less than a week after the announcement of a light rail network for the Parramatta region and other parts of Sydney. These plans recently got a boost from the federal budget, which doled out $400 million for the Parramatta project and $265 million for a light rail network¬†that will connect the Sydney CBD to the city’s south east.

These plans have the potential to quite substantially improve living standards in the city. Traffic congestion and travel times are generally one of the few complaints of Sydney living, so remedying this issue will not only make life easier for residents, it has the potential to attract many more to Australia’s biggest city.

Public transport will also get further upgrades with addition of new buses, a new bus route for South West Sydney and a fleet of new intercity trains.

With such comprehensive upgrades to infrastructure, it would not be surprising to see house values rise further in these areas of the city.

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