The Hills Council's views on light rail study

THE Hills Council is pushing for Carlingford and Baulkham Hills to be included in Parramatta Council's $1 million feasibility study into a proposed Western Sydney Light Rail Network.

"We think light rail has merit, but we want it to fully serve areas like Carlingford and Baulkham Hills where we've got significant residential growth occurring over the next few decades," The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne said.

Councillors on Tuesday unanimously supported her mayoral minute, to have the suburbs' town centres included in the feasibility study and for the NSW Government to "properly review" the future route for light rail, taking into account future densities of the Carlingford-Clyde corridor, the Carlingford Precinct and the Epping Urban Activation Precinct.

Cr Yvonne Keane asked if the route will also connect with Norwest Business Park.

A council officer said council would be seeking connectivity between the business park and the light rail.

Council will meet with Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian to discuss these ideas.

"The proposed route indicates the light rail would have a station near the Castle Hill Showground, so the impact on the park-and-ride facilities at the new showground station must be taken into account," Cr Byrne said.

She said more dialogue was needed with all parties concerned to ensure the light rail route is right and that it complements the North West Rail Link and existing train lines.

"Perhaps the route from Baulkham Hills could run down Old Northern Road through to Castle Hill then Dural," she suggested.

"To achieve maximum functionality it should go all the way to the [Sydney] CBD and that can only be done with a second Harbour Bridge [rail] crossing."

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