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$17 MILLION FOR ROAD SAFETY AND COMMUTER PARKING UPGRADE

May 06, 2019

$17 MILLION FOR ROAD SAFETY AND COMMUTER PARKING UPGRADE

 

A Shorten Labor Government would invest $17 million to deliver much needed safety improvements along the Great Western Highway at Faulconbridge and upgraded commuter parking at Blaxland.

 

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development Anthony Albanese today confirmed that if elected, a Labor Government would in its first budget lock in funding for the following projects:

 

  • Safety upgrades to the notorious stretch of the Great Western Highway at Faulconbridge ($15 million); and

 

  • Expansion of commuter parking at Blaxland train station ($2 million).

 

Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman said Federal Labor would provide $15 million to realign the Great Western Highway between Bellevue Road and Weemala Avenue in Faulconbridge.

 

“The funding will provide wider shoulders, better drainage and centre barrier to improve safety for motorists and cyclists,” said Ms Templeman.

 

“An application for Black Spot road funding for this notorious stretch of road was rejected by the Federal Government back in 2017, with the minister at the time advised me that the cost exceeded the Black Spot funding limit of $2 million – and that was that.

 

“Given the danger faced by cyclists and motorists on this part of the Highway, simply ignoring the problem is not good enough.

 

“If elected, a Labor Government will provide $15 million to improve safety for all road users along this dangerous part of the Great Western Highway at Faulconbridge.”

 

Ms Templeman said parking problems which have plagued Blaxland residents and commuters will be alleviated with a $2 million upgrade to the Blaxland commuter carpark, under a Shorten Labor Government.

 

“Any commuter knows Blaxland Commuter Carpark desperately needs an upgrade,” Ms Templeman said.

 

“Not just for the benefit of commuters, but all the residents who live near the station.

 

“Since I started catching trains from Blaxland Station 25 years ago, the volume has grown and now more than 700 commuters use it each day, yet it does not have an adequate parking facility to cope with that many cars or people.

 

“This is something the community has been crying out for and I’m delighted that if elected, a Shorten Labor Government will provide the necessary funding to make it a reality.”

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