NSW government minister Victor Dominello has lashed out at plans for a $100 million bus interchange at Macquarie Park, describing them as “not worthy” for the fast-growing area and demanding that his ministerial colleague revise them.
His intervention follows criticism from Ryde Council that Transport for NSW had discarded two designs it had proposed for the bus interchange and precinct upgrade at Macquarie Park.
Mr Dominello, the Member for Ryde and Customer Service Minister, said Transport Minister Andrew Constance should rethink his agency’s proposal, and urged people to sign a petition to “push for a fit-for-purpose” transport and community hub for Macquarie Park.
Mr Dominello said Transport for NSW’s latest plans were “not worthy of the Macquarie Park area”, which deserved “more than a bus interchange”.
“A fit-for-purpose transport/community hub will enhance our local interactions to create a modern-day innovation village,” he said in a circular to constituents in Ryde.
Ryde Council had wanted the project to incorporate major improvements to the centre of Macquarie Park, including a public plaza where Herring Road meets Waterloo Road.
But the council has been told by Transport for NSW that the agency was pursuing plans that exclude a pedestrian plaza, and will result in the installation of bus-only lanes on Herring Road.
The project was unveiled during a federal byelection for the seat of Bennelong in late 2017, with the Commonwealth committing $80 million and the state government $20 million. Early design work included deciding whether part of the interchange should be built underground.