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SCRAPPING OF THIRROUL TO UNANDERRA TRAFFIC PLAN

November 05, 2018

Illawarra Labor MPs Ryan Park and Paul Scully have today slammed the scrapping of the Thirroul to Unanderra Network Strategy by the Berejiklian Government.

 

The Strategy will now be replaced by the development of another plan – the Illawarra Shoalhaven Future Transport Plan.

 

Work on the now dumped Thirroul to Unanderra Network Strategy started in 2017.  Now the Government can’t even say when the new plan will start or be finished.

 

In the meantime, motorists from Thirroul and Bulli all the way to Unanderra will be forced to put up with increased congestion on road networks, which the original Thirroul to Unanderra Network Strategy was supposed to fix.

 

Mr Park and Mr Scully had been assured by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight in meetings, representations, and answers to Question on Notice that the Thirroul to Unanderra Network Strategy was underway and its report would outline options to fix traffic congestion bottlenecks and pinch-points.

 

The Berejiklian Government has no solutions to congestion problems on the road network between Thirroul and Unanderra.

 

Comments attributable to Ryan Park MP:

 

“The scrapping of the Thirroul to Unanderra Network Strategy without warning is disgrace.

 

“Motorists in the Illawarra’s northern suburbs are going to find the scrapping of one plan in favour of developing yet another to be mind-boggling as they stew in snail paced traffic along Memorial Drive and Lawrence Hargrave Drive with no solutions in sight.”

 

Comments attributable to Paul Scully MP:

 

The Berejiklian Government can’t even get basic planning right it has to scrap one plan the RMS has been working on for over 12-months, only to announce its scrapping and waste time on putting together another one.  How many thousands of dollars’ worth of work has been thrown out as a result?

 

“Our local roads have got big challenges dealing with more cars and I just can’t believe that the Berejiklian Government would rather waste time on paper-shuffling than just fixing local congestion problems.”

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