Nov 9, 2009

Long term plan for the Bells Line of Road

Long term plan for the Bells Line of Road

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 9 2009

A Long Term Strategic Corridor Plan will be developed for the Bells Line of Road, a move that will make sure this important road continues to service the transport needs of local communities.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese today announced this work would be jointly undertaken by the Federal and NSW governments, starting early next year.

“While the latest traffic and population growth data reveals that there is no current need for the road to receive a major reconstruction, planning for the longer term must start now,” said Mr Albanese.

“This long term planning will complement the work we’re undertaken in partnership with the State Government on the Great Western Highway between Penrith and Lithgow, with construction work well underway to improve safety and efficiency.”

“The Long Term Strategic Corridor Plan is expected to take 18 months to complete and extensive consultations with local communities and stakeholders will be undertaken during its development.”

NSW Transport Minister David Campbell said that while the Great Western Highway upgrade remains a priority for both governments, it is critical to continue assessing strategic options for this important corridor.

“This planning work will allow us to engage with the community about the future of the Bells Line of Road, an outcome that will be beneficial to the people of the Central West as well as Greater Sydney,” said Mr Campbell.

“A critical part of the work will be to understand the perspectives of the different community groups in the region and explore possible options to link the Bells Line of Road with the Sydney Orbital Motorway Network.”