Campbelltown mayor, GM to push for fast rail in region

Speedy concept: Campbelltown Council will lobby for a fast rail connection in the region.
Speedy concept: Campbelltown Council will lobby for a fast rail connection in the region.

Campbelltown Council general manager Lindy Dietz and mayor George Brticevic will lobby the state government for the construction of a fast rail connection in Campbelltown.

The council voted at last week's meeting to engage with relevant ministers and MPs as soon as possible and push for a high-speed rail route in the Southern Inland Corridor to better connect Campbelltown to other regional centres.

Council director of city growth and economy Rebecca Grasso said Campbelltown was a natural fit for a fast rail connection.

"Campbelltown is a regional centre, providing a major hospital, university, TAFE and justice services along with community and other core services, however current public transport arrangements make access to these services difficult," she said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian recently appointed Professor Andrew McNaughton to lead an expert panel on the delivery of a fast rail network to better connect Sydney with regional NSW.

According to the council's business papers, the government is looking into four potential routes: a Northern Corridor (servicing Central Coast, Newcastle, Taree and Port Macquarie), a Western Corridor (servicing Lithgow, Bathurst and Orange/Parkes), a Southern Coastal Corridor (servicing Wollongong and Nowra) and a Southern Inland Corridor (servicing Goulburn and Canberra).

The council believes the latter option is best suited.

"As the southern gateway to the Sydney commuter rail network, Campbelltown is the most cost effective solution for an interchange on the Southern Inland Corridor and is a logical place for expansion to connect the line to the existing Sydney Airport, developing Western Sydney Airport, Sydney and Parramatta CBDs," Ms Grasso said.

"Improving rural travel times also opens up job opportunities for people in regional areas who would be able to commute to the Western Parkland City via the Campbelltown interchange."