Transport for NSW short-changing Macquarie Park with bus interchange proposal

TFNSW SHORT -CHANGING MACQUARIE PARK WITH
BUS INTERCHANGE PROPOSAL

The City of Ryde has expressed bitter disappointment with Transport for NSW’s (TfNSW) plans for a
bus interchange in Macquarie Park’s university precinct, describing it as nothing more than a ” fancy
bus stop”.

The Macquarie Park Interchange and Precinct upgrade was first announced in 2017, during the
Bennelong by -election, as a Commonwealth and State Government initiative to improve the efficiency
of bus services and providing a public plaza for a Macquarie Park town centre.

As part of the project, the City of Ryde has been committed to developing a proposal which would see
improvements made to the town centre for the fast -growing community of Macquarie Park, as well as
TfNSW’s bus interchange.

The new town centre would con sist of a public plaza and would be built where Herring Road meets
Waterloo Road. It w ould provide a ‘traffic -free’ pedestrian link to the two metro station entrances and
still include the major components of the TfNSW bus interchange, as well as direct access to
Macquarie Shopping Centre and Macquarie University. Buses would enter and exit the interchange
on Herring Ro ad from Talavera Road.

TfNSW, however, notified the City of Ryde last week that it was progressing with its own plans for the
bus interchange, one that does not include a public plaza and would instead just see the installation of
bus ‘only’ lanes on Her ring Road and no dedicated space for Macquarie Park’s rapidly growing
community.

City of Ryde Mayor, Clr Jerome Laxale, said the option being pursued by TfNSW was completely
inadequate for the community of Macquarie Park and the City of Ryde.

“This is no bus interchange; it is just a fancy bus stop,” Clr Laxale said.

“This promise by the Federal and State governments was a once in a generation opportunity to build
a public square in the centre of Macquarie Park, as well as addressing the lack of open space in this
growing CBD.

“Macquarie Park will be Australia’s fourth largest CBD by 2030 yet is the only major CBD that does
not have a public plaza that provides pedestrian access to key public transport routes and a place for
the community.

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