New South Wales
- Please ensure bus and active transport infrastructure is included to enable safe access to the domestic terminal.
It is well known that access into Sydney's Domestic Airport is currently very poorly serviced for anyone other than motor vehicles. This project only solidifies the NSW Government's position on its preference to provide motor vehicle (and motorway) infrastructure at the cost of other - more sustainable and well-proven cost-effective modes of transport. It is clear that The Gateway does not service the transport needs of the local community, rather enabling motorway access for users from destination a great further afield in Sydney.
Sydney Airport is in the enviable position of being extremely close to its global city's CBD. It is surrounding by dense residential communites that would otherwise should have efficient access to this major global hub by both bus transit, and active transport. There should, and needs to be safe, separated bicycle paths (preferred over shared paths) leading from Alexandria Canal, the CBD and from the East directly linking those precincts to the domestic terminal and otherwise enabling an east-west (across the airport) community access link. Kudos to the Airport for their effort with the pedestrian and bicyle bridge at T1, however access to that bridge is still somewhat limited from a number of directions. This project can rectify some of those unsfae and poor community access needs.
If safe and efficient active transport infrastructure can be included in this project (it really is a must), the local community and many of the 30,000 airport workers will see the immediate benefits that just a simple plath can provide. There is just enormous demand for it. With high quality active transport options, workers and visitor alike will be drawn to amend their journey to work to a more efficent, cheaper, healthier and interesting mode of transpot to the Airport. Such simple infrastructure are considered 'quick wins' for projects of this scale, and mandating high-quality active transport provisions will ensure this project leaves a legacy - that would otherwise not be able to be achieved in the area for at least another generation. The time to include these provisions is now.
The local community will be indebted to you if you can see deliver public and active transport infrastructure as part of this project.