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George Street light rail welcomed at Sydney forum

On Nov 20 2012
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Commercial retail property dwellers in Sydney could see more traffic through their doors, after ...

Commercial retail property dwellers in Sydney could see more traffic through their doors, after almost 700 people showed their support at a forum last night (November 19) for a proposed light rail line on George Street.

About 700 people crowded into Sydney's Town Hall for the forum, with the majority of people supporting a light rail network in the city centre, rejecting the alternative proposal of an underground bus tunnel.

Under the plan, George Street would be closed off to vehicles, with the pedestrianised area frequented by trams every two minutes.

The proposal would benefit local businesses by driving more foot traffic into the area - potentially attracting commercial property investment.

Justin Hemmes, chief executive of hospitality company Merivale, said a light rail was a "much better" concept than a sunken bus tunnel.

"We need to activate George Street, not take people off it," Mr Hemmes explained, Fairfax Media reported.

"We've got a beautiful city. I don't want to go underground; I want to stay up top and enjoy it."

City of Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore said addressing Sydney's public transport woes remained a priority.

"Transport in Sydney is reaching a critical point - we are fast approaching gridlock on our roads and capacity on our trains. Bold changes are needed or the city will grind to a halt," Ms Moore explained. 

"Residents, workers and visitors make more than a million trips to the city every day, placing increasing pressure on crowded public transport, limited road space and busy footpaths."



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