NSW Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance last week announced a new underground pedestrian link is proposed from the future Norwest Railway Station to the Norwest retail and business precinct.
"This underground link will take pedestrians below Norwest Boulevard, providing a faster and easier link from the new railway station to established commercial space," Mr Constance said.
"The $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest, formerly known as the North West Rail Link, is the first stage of Sydney Metro – Australia's biggest public transport project.
"Norwest is one of the fastest growing employment centres in Sydney. About 15,000 people travel to Norwest for work every day at major Australian and international companies – and this is expected to increase to 30,000 by 2031."
The new Norwest Station is currently under construction and building the proposed underground pedestrian link means there will be a new second entry to Norwest Station in addition to the surface entry at the corner of Norwest Boulevard and Brookhollow Avenue.
Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott said the underpass would provide better traffic flows on Norwest Boulevard.
"We have seen in recent times the need for forward thinking to alleviate congestion on Norwest Boulevard, and this underpass will do just that," Mr Elliott said.
"Better pedestrian access and better public transport options around Norwest Business Park will ensure better traffic movements and will open up more economic opportunities in the Hills."
A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the proposal will be placed on public exhibition from July 27 to August 7. More information is available from the Sydney Metro website at <http://sydneymetro.info/>.