Bay Light West
The Bay Light West is a 25.5km link beginning at Central Station and
following an on-street alignment down Broadway before turning onto City
Road and King Street Newtown. From St Peters railway station, the route
would pass through disused industrial areas before connecting with the
International Airport Terminal. It would then continue through to Rockdale,
servicing a large, densely populated residential area-currently without
direct rail access-along Crawford Road and Chuter Avenue. The line would
then proceed over Captain Cook Bridge, passing light industrial areas along
Taren Point Road before feeding into Caringbah's commercial and residential
- Provides excellent access for large, densely populated residential
catchment and major retail districts, recreational areas and big trip
generators like Kingsford-Smith Airport, Sydney University and the King
Street restaurant strip. Travel times offered by the Bay Light West would
easily out-compete those for car travel; thereby offering the opportunity
to shift massive numbers of cars off some of Sydney's most congested roads.
- Enhance pedestrian amenity at key locations like King Street Newtown, the
restaurant districts of Rockdale and the shopping village of Caringbah.
- Extends the coverage of the rail network by creating rail interchanges
with the East Hills, Bankstown and Western Suburbs rail lines. This will
increase the potential for cross-city trips to be undertaken quickly by
rail, generating yet more opportunities to remove traffic from some of
Sydney's most congested roads.
- Protect the area from freeway development as motorists are offered a
superior alternative to car use. Large areas of endangered wetland will be
saved from destructive motorway development.
- Big reductions in car traffic would potentially reduce air and water
pollution. The Bay Light would in many areas be able to run on existing
hard surfaces, generating little or no additional urban run-off. In some
areas like Chuter Avenue, the Bay Light would run on grassed islands in the
middle of the road, reducing noise while placing no additional burden on
already over-loaded storm water systems.