CBD light rail completion an essential service for health workers

The Sydney Business Chamber says today’s opening of the final section of the light rail to Kingsford will provide a valuable service for those essential frontline health workers in the Randwick health precinct.

“The long-awaited completion of the CBD light rail to Kingsford will be an invaluable transport option for nurses, doctors and other hospital workers who now have a quick and safe option for getting to and from work, especially for those on night shifts,” said Katherine O’Regan, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber.

“The Covid-19 pandemic means the finally completed CBD light rail won’t be full of commuters as most are working from home now, but many will rely on it for essential trips to do the shopping and attend medical appointments”‘

“Operating every 10 minutes from 5am to 1am means it will provide safe, late night transport for many shift workers who are keeping the city running during the crisis.”

“Transport for NSW is to be applauded for keeping Sydney’s transport network running as normal with fewer passenger numbers helping ensure social distancing rules are maintained.”

“Businesses will benefit with development applications along the route accelerating over the past year and this augers well for the construction and other industries, when we enter the recovery phase.”

“With the CBD light rail completed, the NSW Government must now focus on getting the Metro West rail project started as soon as possible, with a stop at Pyrmont a key element in the planned development of the Western Harbour precinct.”

“Business needs certainty from Government in getting vital projects like the Metro West fast tracked and shovel-ready to assist the city in the recovery and rebuild phase following this dreadful virus.”

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