Urban Development Institute summit to explore high speed rail

High speed public rail transport to the Central Coast will be an in-depth topic of discussion at the next meeting of the state’s leading development industry body, the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW.
In the lead-up to the Federal election, both the Coalition and Labor have expressed renewed support for faster rail and high speed rail to connect the regions of NSW to capital cities.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UDIA NSW, Steve Mann, said the UDIA supported faster connections for the regions as a clear pathway towards global competitiveness and delivering greater options for housing affordability.
The topic will be explored in depth at the UDIA NSW Regional Cities Summit to be held on Thursday, May 2, the Pullman Magenta Shores Resort, Magenta.
Speakers on the rail issue will include Transport NSW’s chief transport planner, Tim Raimond, and Sydney University’s Chair in transport and supply chain management, Dr Rico Merkert.
Mann said the UDIA had been calling for fast rail as part of a Sydney Region Conurbation of five cities, Newcastle and Gosford in the north and coastal and inland centres in the south.
“This greater connected region has the potential to support a population of more than seven million within 20 years if we commit to fast train public transport,” he said.
“UDIA is excited that the major federal parties are seriously discussing high speed rail as part of the impending federal election.
“It is important that any future high speed rail does not bypass regional cities, which would benefit greatly from improved access into the country’s capital cities.
“These measures would also support the government’s recently announced population settlement plan by improving access to the regions for new international migrants, and would provide the much-needed access for international students at regional universities,” Mann said.

Media release, Apr 26
Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW

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