On Saturday February 5 WSPTU representatives from resident and transport advocacy groups from Greater Western Sydney met to discuss the proposals put forward by the Liberal/National and Labor parties in the lead up to the March 2011 State election.
In general, the WSPTU is very encouraged to see that both major parties have recognized the importance of public transport service provision, the development of public transport infrastructure and the importance of long-term, integrated transport and land-use planning.
However, people in Western Sydney largely travel in Western Sydney and it is very disappointing that the debate has come down to a trade-off between the North West Rail Link and the Western Express when there are other important ideas at stake.
Very importantly for WSPTU members there are some questions about what the Liberal Nationals would do with the bus system in Greater Western Sydney if they are elected.
These comments, two media releases, a longer analysis, and a policies evaluation matrix are available on the WSPTU Google Sites page: click here