Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today announced that the local community is now invited to have a say on the detailed design for the Albion Park Rail bypass which is on display this month.
Mr Ward, who made the announcement in Albion Park Rail this morning, said the NSW Government is getting on with the job of delivering the largest infrastructure project in our region’s history.
“We have listened to community feedback for the Albion Park Rail bypass and improvements have been made as the project developed,” he said.
“These improvements include reduced excavation and construction impacts by designing the motorway to travel over Yallah Road instead of under it.
“I am also very pleased with improved amenity for cyclists with grade separated cycle ways being a new feature of the proposed design. I would like to commend the Illawarra Bicycle User Group for their advocacy and I was pleased to take up their concerns to secure this new iteration in the concept design.
“Other changes include improving traffic flow at the Oak Flats interchange by removing a left slip lane, providing two lanes around the roundabout and installing round-a-bout signaling to enhance traffic flow.
“Improvements have also been made to the pedestrian and cycle path for better user safety, the inclusion of a noise mound next to the East West Link and native species in the landscape design.
“The Albion Park Rail bypass detailed design, including the Urban Design and Landscape Character Strategy, will be on display for community feedback until 7th December.
“As a result of the bypass, it is expected travel times will improve for Dapto residents with 65 per cent of traffic to transfer off the existing Princes Highway through Albion Park.
“The community are invited to share their feedback at a series of information sessions being held in Albion Park and Shellharbour.
“The information sessions will be held on Thursday 29th November at Albion Park Shopping Village from 3pm to 8pm and Thursday 6th December at Stockland Shellharbour from 6pm to 9pm.
“As the local MP, I am the only person who has been able to secure a commitment from any side of politics to build this project. For 16 years, NSW Labor ignored the cries from our region. Just like the major upgrades at Gerringong, Berry , Berry to Bomaderry and South Nowra – when it comes to my electorate I won’t stop working until we get the job done.
“Major work on the bypass will start in coming weeks. The community will be kept informed as the project progresses,” Mr Ward concluded.
The detailed design for the Albion Park Rail Bypass is available on the website at: www.rms.nsw.gov.au/aprb.