Have a say on preferred option for Albion Park Rail bypass project
28 October 2014
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has announced that the NSW Government is inviting community feedback on the preferred option for the Albion Park Rail bypass.
“This year, $1 million has been allocated to progress investigations and planning for the bypass,” Mr Ward said.
“The project will see a future 9.8 kilometre extension of the M1 Princes Motorway to provide a bypass of Albion Park Rail between Yallah and Oak Flats,”
“The project aims to improve travel time by bypassing 16 intersections, reduce crash risk, the impact of flooding, improve freight connectivity and cater for future growth,”
“The bypass will provide easy access to Dapto, Albion Park and Oak Flats with two lanes in each direction and a 100km/h speed limit.”
Mr Ward said a two day workshop held last month brought together a number of stakeholders including local councils, community groups and senior Roads and Maritime staff.
“The main outcome of the workshop was the recommendation to shorten the route through the Croom Regional Sporting complex.
“The NSW Government will continue to work closely with Shellharbour City Council and sporting groups from the Croom Regional Sporting Complex to minimise the impact of the upgrade on the facility.
“Directly impacted facilities will be replaced like for like and clubs will be able to maintain sports competition seasons during the life of the project.”
A fly through of the proposed route has been developed and is available on the website to help inform community comment.
The fly through shows the bypass route and each of the interchange layouts and how they would function.
Mr Ward said the concept design will continue to be refined as a result of community feedback, while more detailed information about design features will be contained in an Environmental Impact Statement.
“The EIS is expected to be on display in late 2015, when more community feedback will be sought,” Mr Ward said.
Community members are invited to attend an information session for the Albion Park Rail bypass to outline the project, its benefits and how the community can have its say at:
Saturday 8 November
Albion Park Public School
10am to 2pm
Corner of Hamilton and Tongarra roads at Albion Park
Wednesday 12 November
Albion Park Rail Public School
4pm to 8pm
Tongarra Road at Albion Park Rail
Saturday 15 November
9am to 1pm
110 Tongarra Road at Albion Park
Sunday 16 November
Camp Quality Convoy
9am to 3pm
Croom Regional Sporting Complex, Albion Park.
Mr Ward said the community has until 25 November to provide feedback on the bypass’ preferred option.
The flyover will be available here:
MEDIA: Gareth Ward 0401 499 933 or (02) 4232 1082
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