The proposed 24km line would connect Parramatta to Kogarah via Bankstown, joining strategic centres, health and education precincts and existing rail lines and bus services.
It is estimated that River Rail would grow gross regional product by an estimated $7.5 billion between 2030 and 2045 and see more than 100,000 additional jobs accessible from stations along the line within 45 minutes in 2046.
When complete an 118,000 extra people would be within walking distance to stations and an estimated 30,000 additional rail trips catered for each day in 2026 – relieving congestion and cutting daily travel time for residents.
The report reinforces the central role of Parramatta for the Central and Western Cities and is a key pillar in achieving the 30-minute city – with the rail line already supported in key city planning and transport strategies produced by the Greater Sydney Commission and Transport for NSW.
“With its north-south connection, River Rail enables a more polycentric city underpinned by mass and active transit as well as an efficient road network,” said Tim.
“The liveable city of short journeys between home and work is at the heart of this approach – and of a network of connected economies connecting CBDs with sub centres creating diverse employment opportunities and a genuine 30-minute city.”
Read Georges River Council’s River Rail report here.