Planning for Albion Park Rail Bypass takes another step forward

3 July 2015

Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier- Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward has announced that planning for the Albion Park Rail Bypass is continuing with investigations for the Environmental Impact Statement almost complete.

Mr Ward said the NSW Government allocated $3 million in 2015-16 to continue planning an extension of the M1 Princes Motorway between Yallah and Oak Flats.

“The EIS will contain detailed information about the motorway’s design features and outline the potential impact on the community when building work starts and the future traffic and noise impact,” Mr Ward said.

“The EIS will also assess the environmental, social and economic impact and provide details of measures to manage and reduce these impacts.”

Mr Ward said the EIS was expected to be exhibited later this year for further community feedback

The Albion Park Rail bypass involves extending the M1 Princes Motorway for 9.8 kilometres between Yallah and Oak Flats to bypass Albion Park Rail.

“At the last election I was proud to stand with the Premier and commit the government to begin work on the Albion Park Rail Bypass in this term of parliament. I am pleased to confirm that planning approval is expected in 2016 with building work planned to start by early 2019,” Mr Ward said.

“The bypass will deliver significant benefits to the local community including reduced congestion and flooding impact, improved travel times and safety for motorists.”

Mr Ward said a Preferred Option Community Feedback report was now available.

“The preferred option for the motorway was announced late last year and displayed for community comment,” Mr Ward said.

“The preferred design is continuing to be refined by Roads and Maritime Services, as a result of community feedback.”

The Preferred Option feedback report can be viewed on the project website at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/apr.

MEDIA: Gareth Ward 0401 499 933 or Kiama Electorate Office (02) 4232 1082

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