No matter where you live in our electorate, chances are you use the Princes Highway through Albion Park Rail.
It is a notorious stretch of road, which in heavy traffic leads to massive congestion. Cars and trucks move at a snail’s pace during peak periods – and public holidays, like school holidays, Easter, Christmas and the New Year period are the worst times.
The NRMA recently confirmed this in its Worst Roads survey, identifying the Princes Highway stretch at Albion Park Rail as the worst road in the Illawarra, and one of the worst in NSW.
The RMS report, commissioned by the NSW government, has made it clear that traffic congestion will only get worse over the coming years without a bypass.
Anna has been actively lobbying the NSW Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay MLC since her election in March 2011 for action on the Albion Park Rail bypass, labelling it the Illawarra’s ‘missing link’ in Princes Highway upgrades.
Following public pressure from Anna, the NSW government allocated $1 million, and then another $100,000 towards a study of the possible route corridors for building a bypass around Albion Park Rail.
However, in an expensive embarrassment for the NSW Liberal Government, this study the commissioned – worth $1.1 million and taking 2 years to complete – only reconfirmed the existing road route set aside nearly 20 years ago. It has left the local community shaking its heads at this waste of an exercise.
But looking ahead, we now have the report, we know the preferred route options, and community consultations have been occurring.
However, the timeframe set out by the RMS, estimating another 10 years before any construction of this vital piece of road infrastructure happens is simply not good enough. It is unacceptable.
The bypass is a $600 million investment that will provide jobs for the region and significantly improve local road infrastructure.
There is nothing stopping the NSW government from front-loading all of the planning, engineering and conceptual design work into a shorter period of time, getting that completed and construction of the road started. It must be seen as more of a priority by the NSW government.
Anna will keep up the pressure on the NSW Government to get a move on with the consultation and further studies, allocate funding in future NSW budgets and start building this much-needed Albion Park Rail bypass.
Please sign our petition: Albion Park Rail Bypass Petition