Transportation infrastructure the key to cheaper houses on the fringe and employment growth

Transportation infrastructure the key to cheaper houses on the fringe and employment growth
Transportation infrastructure the key to cheaper houses on the fringe and employment growth

It was quite something to recently see the extent of transport infrastructure completed and under construction along the Northern Road on Sydney's outskirt.

The works are taking the route into the 21st century for the ever expanding Western Sydney.

The road still has remnants of our pioneer years especially obvious passing the grave stones at Luddenham.

The existing two-lane undivided road, which carries about 16,000 vehicles per day, comes with numerous heritage items including the Luddenham progress hall that began in 1886 as the Protestant Hall.

There's the now closed Vicary's Winery originally part of the explorer Blaxland explorer family estate. 

Next time I will stop to buy some fresh honey from one of the remaining farms.

The upgrading of a 35 kilometre section of The Northern Road between Narellan and South Penrith is a city shaping upgrade which will encourage more housing estates and ought be effective in placing downward pressure on housing prices.

Last weekend saw the rapid demolition of the 40 year old bridge at Orchard Hills.

Some 6,000 tonnes of concrete and steel was removed by the 60 workers who did the job across the long weekend, in three days, rather than the alternative of up to 20 weeks of night closures.

The Northern Road upgrade will provide increased road capacity for expected future growth when complete in 2022.

Investing in safer and more reliable journeys, the Federal Government has committed $1.2 billion The Northern Road Upgrade, with the NSW Government committing $400 million.

This upgrade is part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, a $3.6 billion program which will deliver 60 kilometres of major road infrastructure upgrades before the opening of the western Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek.

There is a very strong link between infrastructure delivery and the increase in supply of dwellings, and then an improved economy from the ensuing population growth that make their home in the Macarthur region at housing estates such as Oran Park, and the more established Harrington Park which was the Fairfax family farm until its late 1980s approvals. The population of Oran Park Town has progressed from zero to around 7500 in nine years.

There was a 2013 study by the National Housing Supply Council that found investment in transport infrastructure can galvanise dwelling activity, but the infrastructure needs to be of sufficient scale and scope to substantially boost an area’s linkages to major employment nodes.

Albeit not always in perfect unison in terms of delivery.

The study found the nexus between transport projects, housing intensification and job boosting appeared to be much stronger in Melbourne than Sydney.

But that was before the new North West Metro, and all the apartment blocks within walking distance. 

There have already been more than one million customer journeys on the impressive system which only opened three weeks ago.

It's rightly been described as a game changing project, which connects the area by rail like never before, by Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who is now overseeing extending the line from Chatswood, under the Harbour, through the CBD and onto Bankstown.

A recent CBRE report forecast $1.4 billion of suburban development would flow every year for the next decade because of the Sydney metro rail project, with just 15 per cent of these developments officially confirmed.

Sydney needs around 36,000 new dwellings every year up until 2036 based on population growth projections.

We certainly need more projects to avert rising unemployment.

This article was first published in the Saturday Daily Telegraph.



Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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