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Business keen for details on region’s transport future

Release Date: 5/09/2012
The Illawarra Business Chamber has welcomed the release of the NSW Government’s Long Term Transport Blueprint. However, businesses in the region will be reserving their final judgement until funding and delivery timelines are firmly committed to.

“It’s good to see that the plan has recognised the extent of the busy Sydney- Wollongong commuter corridor and the growing pressures facing Wollongong roads as people and freight movements grow,” said Mike Leask, CEO of the Illawarra Business Chamber.

“The inclusion of the F6 link, in particular, has been a ‘missing link’ in the Sydney Orbital network that we have long advocated for.

“Our concern, however, is that there is no definite delivery timetable or funding details for actually building the F6 link, or indeed any of the projects featured in the plan.

“The F6 corridor has been reserved since 1951. We think it’s about time it was actually completed all the way into Sydney.

“We recognise that this is only the first step in the process and that more details will follow, especially when the Regional Transport Plans are completed next year. But business is unable to make any realistic judgement on the plan until we better understand the timeframes involved and the funding mechanisms that will be used to pay for the projects.

“It will also be critical that Federal and State Government’s work together to ensure cohesive transport planning for the region, especially around key pieces of infrastructure that have national importance such as the Maldon-Dombarton freight line, the second Sydney airport location and the High Speed Train project.

“We’re looking forward to working with the NSW Government to develop a viable Illawarra Regional Transport Plan, that includes firm funding details and delivery commitments,” concluded Mr Leask.

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