Greens NSW MP and Transport spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC has stated that the tunnelling for the North-west Rail Link started yesterday cannot support Sydney’s double-deck rail trains, signalling the official beginning of the privatisation of Sydney’s train network.
Dr Faruqi said “This short-sighted smaller size tunnelling means we are losing the opportunity to extend our current rail network to a developing Sydney region and this is the beginning of the cannibalisation and privatisation of the current Sydney rail network.
“The people of the North-West have been left without high-capacity transport solutions for decades. A heavy rail line to the north-west is a long overdue transport project to meet the needs of this rapidly growing part of Sydney.
“It makes no sense why you would build a train line does not integrate with the existing rail network and takes people to where they want to go, such as the CBD and Western Sydney.
“There is no evidence of single-deck trains improving journeys for commuters. Internationally, we’re actually seeing cities move from single-deck to double-deck for rail lines outside of CBDs.
“If the Minister is serious about meeting Sydney’s public transport needs, now and into the future, she will take immediate steps to ensure these tunnels can accommodate double-deck trains.
“Any short-term cost and delay associated with making the tunnels larger will only save our commuters inevitable pain in the future.
“Ill-conceived and unjustifiable transport projects have been a consistent trend with this government,” she said.