BRIEF – 30 June -The NSW Urban Task Force today welcomed the announcement of 11 new train stations in Sydney’s inner west but called on the state government to immediately revise its planning regime to encourage higher density around the stations.
The Taskforce chief executive, Aaron Gadiel, said that the Sydney had not been coping with the demands placed on its “creaking infrastructure” by both population growth and demographic change.
“Compact, pedestrian-friendly urban communities will be critical to the success of this transport
Project,” Mr Gadiel said.
“People are far more likely to use the public transport if they live or work within walking distance
of a train station.
“Compact development around a train station also creates an opportunity for a vibrant street
life, including pedestrian-oriented amenities such as retail and cafes.
“The international evidence is clear – for every 10 per cent increase in population density there
will be a 6 percent increase in patronage through stations. “
The recommended station locations for the West Metro are: Sydney University, Camperdown,  Leichhardt,  Five Dock,  Burwood,  Strathfield, Sydney Olympic Park,  Silverwater,  Camellia, Parramatta and Westmead.