Staged implementation of Albion Park Rail Bypass not good enough


The staged implementation of the Albion Park Rail Bypass proposed by the NRMA should be rejected in favour of building the whole project as a job lot, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, said today.

“The staged bypass proposal by the NRMA will simply create massive pinch points of congestion along Tongarra Road at Albion Park and further along the Princes Highway towards the Oak Flats Interchange.

“Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) advised me in a briefing last week that any proposal for a staged construction of the Albion Park Rail Bypass would create traffic congestion mayhem along feeder roads.

“RMS considers, and I totally agree, that the Albion Park Rail Bypass should be completed as a job lot.

“The bypass estimated to cost $600 million will take up to three years to finish once started.

“Any proposal to stage the construction of the Albion Park Rail Bypass will create traffic congestion mayhem across Albion Park.

“I would be very surprised if my Parliamentary colleague, Gareth Ward, would favour the NRMA proposal”, she said.

Ms Watson however agreed with the views of South Coast Region NRMA Director, Alan Evans that the Albion Park Rail Bypass should have been built before the Gerringong upgrade.

“The State Government could have been building the Albion Park Rail Bypass right now had it not wasted the last four years and $1.1 million on a study which simply confirmed the existing bypass corridor reserved 15 years ago”, she said.
18 November 2014