New South Wales
Attn: Director, Infrastructure Projects
cc: Anthony Roberts, State Member for Lane Cove
Re: Adding a new train station in Lane Cove
Please could you add a new station along this line which goes through Lane Cove?
A huge opportunity is being missed by not adding a new train station in Lane Cove, between Artarmon and Crows Nest. Lane Cove is already so stretched with public transport, where people are queued around into the side street to even catch a bus to the city from the corner of Longueville Rd/Epping Rd. There are also so many new apartments going in, but the transport infrastructure is already beyond capacity. Buses already go past that intersection, already full, and all the waiting people cannot get on. Obviously it would cost more, but the cost/benefit would be really worth it as Lane Cove is growing so fast and is still so close to the city but lacking in public transport options.
Additional buses could run from Lane Cove West to the new station again, supporting all the new apartments going up there too. The influx of population in that area is so large, the local school has nearly 1000 students. Lane Cove public school also has 1000 students. This same train station can serve all the apartments on the northern side of Epping Road as well.
The other major transport issue that a new station in Lane Cove could solve is the volume of backlogged buses going over the Harbour Bridge queueing up to get into York Street.
It's great to have a new train line going in to relieve the pressure/limitations of the volume per hour of trains crossing the harbour. I also think it is good to have north shore trains going directly into the city's east as this has always been a sticking point with train services. I do think it's a waste to have a new train station at Crows Nest because this area is already serviced by St Leonards station (only a 2 minute walk away).
I do invite you to come and stand at the Lane Cove bus stops and see the congestion and queues of people who can't get on the next bus that goes by. I also invite you to view all the new unit developments in the area which cannot realistically be accommodated with the current transport options.
Mr Roberts, may I ask that you also support this initiative and lobby Mr Baird? Having been on the Lane Cove Council for many years, you would understand the pressures the suburb is already under. I believe a new train station in Lane Cove would help solve a number of issues as outlined above.
Mrs Anne-Marie Sirca
7 Kingslangley Rd,
Greenwich NSW 2065