WESTERN Sydney corridor protection plans announced by the New South Wales government have been praised by the Australian Logistics Council.
The NSW Government has finished consultation on the Western Sydney Corridors plan – a plan seeking to protect four long-term transport corridors – the Western Sydney Freight Line corridor; the Outer Sydney Orbital corridor; the North South Rail Line/South West Rail Link Extension corridors and the Bells Line of Road – Castlereagh connection corridor.
“The NSW Government should be congratulated on identifying future transport corridors and providing a whole-of government response to protect these corridors from disruption and encroachment,” said ALC managing director Michael Kilgariff.
“Corridor protection in Australia is visionary – Australian governments have largely been poor at identifying and protecting future transport corridors.”
Mr Kilgariff said the ALC had been a long-time advocate for governments to complete corridor protection studies.
“In 2017, Infrastructure Australia found that close to $11bn could be saved in land purchases and construction costs on seven strategic corridors. This assessment from IA included the Outer Sydney Orbital and the Western Sydney Freight Line – which are both corridors that the NSW Government is seeking to protect,” he said.
“It is fantastic to see the NSW Government working collaboratively with IA – Australia’s independent infrastructure umpire – to look forward and seek to identify the infrastructure required for efficient freight delivery in a growing area such as Western Sydney.”