Labor to invest in improving Hunter roads and reducing traffic congestion

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NSW Labor has today outlined a Hunter road improvement program to provide traffic solutions and reduce congestion in the region as part of its plan for the revitalisation of Newcastle. 

Under Labor’s road improvement package for the Hunter, there will be significant improvements to local travel times, a boost to local jobs and productivity and improved safety that benefit Newcastle CBD and the broader region.

Labor will:

  • Remove the Adamstown level crossing;

  • Complete the Newcastle Inner City Bypass (Rankin Park Link);

  • Duplicate the Tourle Street Bridge and approaches;

  • Deliver all road projects of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange at Glendale; and

  • Investigate the feasibility of a Stewart Avenue level crossing bypass.

    NSW Labor Leader John Robertson said Labor’s road improvement program would deliver major upgrades to significant congestion pinch points across the Hunter.

    “Labor’s road improvement program is part of our plan for the revitalisation of Newcastle and will provide benefits to motorists across the Hunter,” Mr Robertson said.

    “Labor will provide traffic solutions that benefit the Hunter region as a whole.

    “This roads package will not just benefit motorists but it will support the local economy by easing congestion, cutting travel times, creating local construction jobs, boosting productivity and improving safety.

    These projects will ease the number of cars being funnelled through the Newcastle CBD something that is long overdue for the region.

    Shadow Minister for Roads Michael Daley said: “Labor’s road improvement package represents a major investment by a Labor Government into the Hunter region’s transport network.”

    “The Hunter is a significant contributor to the economy of our State reducing congestion, cutting travel times and boosting productivity are vital to continuing economic growth in the region.

“The Adamstown level crossing is a particular inconvenience to motorists. Approximately 11,000 vehicles crossing the rail line each day are interrupted 26 times over the morning and afternoon peaks by passenger and freight trains.

“This congestion nightmare will only grow if we don’t take action to replace the level crossing with an alternative crossing that is not hamstrung by train movements developing a new crossing will be a priority for a Labor Government.”

Labor Candidate for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp said: “Improvements to regional roads not only have an economic benefit but give families more time to spend with each other.”

“Easing congestion in the Newcastle CBD is vital for the future of our city and this package will deliver vital improvements.”

Labor Candidate for Charlestown Jodie Harrison said: “Projects such as the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange and removing the Adamstown level crossing will be game changers for the local economy - providing better links for businesses to access their markets and expand their enterprises.

“Good local infrastructure is about giving our local enterprises the opportunity to create more jobs and improve the quality of life for the thousands of people who call the Hunter their home.

“Labor’s road improvement program will provide great benefits to the entire region and is confirmation of Labor’s commitment to deliver for the Hunter.” 

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