13 Jun, Letter to The Hon Gladys Berejiklian

posted 23 Jun 2012, 22:27 by Friends of Erskineville   [ updated 23 Jun 2012, 22:31 ]

Read the full letter to Gladys Berejiklian here

Our concern is that in its planning the City has not taken into account public transport infrastructure requirements. Whilst we understand that such requirements are a matter for state government, we have urged the city not to proceed with allowing development until the public transport infrastructure needs have been identified and addressed. We have advised the city that a written implementation plan needs to be developed with timelines for implementation of that plan, and a firm commitment in writing to adhere to that plan. Unfortunately it would appear to us that the city is content to write letters to the State government on the matter, but at the same time is proceeding with review and approval of development applications to allow construction to commence without a firm plan to address the issue of public transport infrastructure.

At this time, Railcorp's own figures appear to indicate that peak hour trains operating from Erskineville Railway Station are loaded to a capacity of between 150% and 180%. Indeed it is often the experience of residents that they are unable to get on to a train and have to wait for the next train to arrive in the hope of gaining a position. Added to this is a bus timetable that does not appear to work to the advantage of residents in peak periods and it becomes immediately evident that the public transport infrastructure as it exists today is already in crisis - and this crisis exists based on current population figures and without any consideration being given to the explosion in population that will occur with the development of the Ashmore site.