Major step forward for Albion Park Rail bypass
28 March 2018
The Albion Park Rail bypass is a step closer today with the first shovels hitting the ground on the project and work to reconfigure the Croome Regional Sporting Complex underway.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian today joined the Member for Kiama Gareth Ward to turn the first sod on the early work for the bypass, which will improve traffic flow on a key Princes Highway pinch point and improve travel times for all road users.
“This project has been in the planning for many years and the reason we are here today is because of the persistent advocacy of your local MP Gareth Ward,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Work to reconfigure the sporting complex is the cornerstone of the bypass project, as it will free up land and become part of the 9.8 kilometre extension of the Princes Motorway.
“The NSW Government is committed to the project and it’s now all systems go.”
Work at the sporting complex will include building a new cricket and AFL oval, grass netball courts and changes to the rugby league fields as well as new parking, amenities buildings and landscaping.
“NSW Labor voted against the means of funding this project in Parliament and their 10 year NSW Infrastructure plan for the entire State didn’t mention the Albion Park Rail bypass once,” Mr Ward said.
“This project is the largest election commitment in the region’s history. Labor had 16 years in Government to deliver this project but did absolutely nothing.
“Not only does this reconfiguration work allow for the bypass to be built, but it will result in new and improved sporting facilities. Work will be carried out in consultation with the sporting groups and will involve temporary changes to access within the sporting complex.”
The Premier and Mr Ward thanked the community for working with the RMS on this project. A preferred tenderer will be announced mid-year with work due to start in the next financial year.