More than 2000 people have given their thoughts on the revised strategy to rejuvenate the 11 station precincts from Sydenham to Bankstown. Revitalising the precincts along the Sydenham to Bankstown corridor is part of a larger plan to grow Sydney and refurbish some of the city’s inner south-west suburbs.
The community benefits of the strategy that have been outlined in government documents, include:
- When the Sydenham to Bankstown upgrade opens in 2024, this part of Sydney will have greater accessibility to major employment, retail and education centres. This improved accessibility will be the result of faster more frequent train services on a dedicated new track in the central city tunnel avoiding train congestion on the existing underground central city tracks.
- Metro trains on the Bankstown line will run at least every four minutes in the peak period, or up 15 trains per hour. Travel times will also be signiﬁcantly improved, with a saving of up to 10 minutes on a trip from Bankstown to the city.
- A faster, more frequent train service will create demand and opportunities for new growth and development along the entire corridor. The strategy provides a vision for how this development can occur.
- The strategy will relieve congestion through transport upgrades and location of new homes within a short walk to stations, improve the public realm and pedestrian connectivity with new connections and urban open spaces, and provide a cohesive framework for housing change that respects valued neighbourhood character while maximising opportunities presented by improved transport access.
It’s also estimated that over 35,000 new homes will be built along the corridor over the next 20 years. New shopping plazas, residential developments and schools will be included as part of the overhaul, as well as a 40-hectare park stretching from Lakemba to Punchbowl.
Government reviews into the feedback submissions provided by community members are now occurring, with a final revision to the strategy due next year.
Brendan Nelson, Deputy Secretary, Growth, Design and Programs, said that public opinion will heavily factor into the final plan.
“The community have told us they value good design and they want to ensure new homes are supported by good infrastructure, access to community facilities, open space and pedestrian and cycling paths,” Mr Nelson said in a media statement.
“Community feedback really shaped the revised plans and resulted in keeping more areas of low-density housing and expanding potential conservation areas in Dulwich Hill, Hurlstone Park and Marrickville.”