'Sustainable transit corridor': Council unveils FAST vision

 The FAST Corridor will provide critical private, public and active transport.
The FAST Corridor will provide critical private, public and active transport.

The Fifteenth Avenue Smart Transit (FAST) Corridor will be "future proofed" for emerging technologies and provide an opportunity to create new, sustainable communities.

Liverpool Council released early planning details for the smart transit corridor connecting Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport and the Liverpool city centre at the recent business summit Invest Liverpool.

The Fifteenth Avenue Smart Transit Corridor Design Framework, created by design and planning studio SJB, is council's vision for a sustainable transit corridor and outlines the place-led approach to design. It also uses case studies from across the world to show the correlation between the significance of investment in public transport and scope of growth after construction such as increased dwelling densities and new employment opportunities.

The FAST Corridor will connect Liverpool and the Western Sydney Airport.

The FAST Corridor will connect Liverpool and the Western Sydney Airport.

"The corridor will be future proofed for emerging technologies such as trackless trams. It will be more than a critical transport link - it's also an opportunity to create new, sustainable communities along the route which are sensitive to their bushland and farming landscape," Liverpool Mayor Waller said.

"Our vision is to reduce sprawl, improve public transport and preserve the unique character of our growing region."

Mayor Waller said in addition to a regular, 30-minute public transport connection to the new airport for Sydney's third CBD, the corridor reinforces council's commitment to "active transport", such as cycling and walking.

"The new corridor could support a range of housing types and employment opportunities, and connect residents, workers and visitors to natural assets including Western Sydney Parklands and local waterways," she said.

"Working within this framework, we'll celebrate the beauty of the Western Sydney landscape and protect natural environments while supporting our city's growth and future generations."

Council has begun early design work on its preferred corridor option and will seek community feedback in late 2020. The FAST Corridor project is planned for completion in-line with the opening of Western Sydney Airport in 2026.