Sydney hub gets Federal nod


A new interchange at Macquarie Park will make commuting to and from the second biggest business district in New South Wales easier for more than 20,000 public transport users

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The New South Wales and Federal Governments agreed to build the major new interchange as part of a $100 million investment recently.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the joint project will streamline the commuting experience for transport customers and reduce congestion on local roads.

"This interchange is a game-changer for peak-hour commuters who travel to and from Macquarie Park every day," he says.

"It will provide faster, safer and easier transitions between various transport options and John Alexander has campaigned tirelessly for better transport services for his community.

"We are delivering the transport infrastructure to ensure Sydney residents spend more time at home with their family and less time commuting."

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the interchange would make a massive difference.

"Macquarie Park is a critical driver of economic growth in NSW, and it is important we deliver the best public transport possible to the tens of thousands of people who live, work and study in the area," she says.

"This funding will allow us to not only fast track the project, but also choose a design with the best

outcomes for urban amenity."

NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance says the funding towards a new interchange will support the NSW Government’s work in improving local transport and the construction of the Sydney Metro mega-project, which opens in 2019.

"We have been doing our homework in preparing a strategic business case for the transport priorities of

Macquarie Park, this important injection of funding from the federal government will allow us to fast track a better interchange for our customers," he says.

Liberal candidate for Bennelong John Alexander says the interchange will improve traffic flow around Macquarie Centre and Macquarie University, and reduce congestion for local motorists.

"This interchange is a huge win for people of Bennelong. It will reduce congestion on our local roads and make it easier for commuters to travel from A to B," he says.

Work will begin immediately on a business case that will determine the final design and whether parts of the interchange should be built underground.

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