The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne believes the Western Sydney Light Rail Network should be extended into Round Corner.
While she welcomed the NSW government’s decision to investigate 10 potential routes for a future network, she said Round Corner is a gateway to the rural north of not only The Hills shire but also Hornsby and the Hawkesbury.
‘‘It’s only logical that it could be the entry point into a future light rail network,’’ Cr Byrne said.
She said she was glad Premier Mike Baird had announced a thorough study of options for Western Sydney Light Rail and hoped this would include taking ‘‘a real good look’’ at the Parramatta to Macquarie Park via Carlingford and Parramatta to Castle Hill via Old Northern Road options.
But Cr Byrne said a light rail line that went up Old Northern Road, instead of Windsor Road, would complement the future North West Rail Link.
She said an existing rail corridor reserved for the Epping to Parramatta heavy rail line should be also considered for light rail, especially given as it seemed extremely unlikely a heavy rail line would ever be built.
“Whether used as a ‘stub line’ or in full, the Epping to Parramatta corridor is ready and available to the NSW government for this project,’’ Cr Byrne said.
“We have put plans in place to permit 3500 new dwellings in Carlingford, and that’s just in our shire.
‘‘Carlingford is split between Hornsby Council and Parramatta Council and together the population of Carlingford is expected to reach 31,000 over the next 20 years.
“We now need the transport infrastructure to support the population.’’