Thursday, 07 May 2015 14:53

Putting the 'west' back in WestConnex

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Media release, May 7, 2015

 

Western Sydney councils have invited the Government to work with them on the design for WestConnex on and off ramps to ensure that the new tollway caters for as many trips, destinations and regional commuters as possible.

President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Cllr Tony Hadchiti said that Western Sydney councils strongly support the project, but want to ensure that this major investment secures the best outcome for local commuters.

“There has been a strong media focus on how this project will affect the inner-west and Sydney CBD, but little there has been little public discussion about the west end of the WestConnex,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“The first stage of this project - upgrading the M4 between Parramatta and Homebush – is sorely needed.”

“For us, the WestConnex is not just about getting residents into the CBD, but allowing them to move freely right across Sydney,” he said.

“A large proportion of Western Sydney residents travel between Parramatta and Lidcombe for work each day – in both directions.

“The WestConnex upgrades are essential for cutting the commute of the 120, 000[1] Western Sydney residents who work along this thriving employment corridor,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Of the 92,000 Western Sydney residents who work east of Strathfield, more than half (53, 000 people) are not travelling to the CBD at all, but are using the M4 and M5 to access areas such as Botany, Leichardt, Randwick and Woollahra,[2]” he said.

Cllr Hadchiti called on all local governments to work with the NSW Government in designing the new road to ensure everyone is getting the most out of this investment.

“WSROC has a number of suggestions on how these upgrades could be more effective,” he said.

“Firstly, while the WestConnex does have access ramps to suburbs around Parramatta, such as Rosehill and Merrylands, there is no direct link to the Parramatta CBD. We want to see new access ramps in both directions that link the motorway to the CBD via Church Street to reduce the congestion in surrounding suburbs.

“An additional east-bound on-ramp at Woodville Road would significantly reduce congestion along Parramatta Road between Woodville Road and James Ruse Drive,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“WSROC would also like a review of our existing access ramps further west, including both the placement of off-ramps and the capacity of existing roads to cope with the increased traffic demands these off-ramps create,” he said.

“Finally, there is particular need for a west-bound off-ramp at Hill Road, Lidcombe to cater for the new communities being built near Olympic Park.

“Thousands of new dwellings are being built in this area. For example, the new suburb of Wentworth Point is expected to grow from 5000 to over 22,000 residents by 2031. The WestConnex needs to cater for this population or risk severe congestion issues down the track,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

 

Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 02 9671 4333


[1]Source: Profile.id. (2011). WSROC Region: Residents’ place of work. Available from: http://profile.id.com.au/wsroc/residents?SLACode=0
[2]Source: Profile.id. (2011). WSROC Region: Residents’ place of work. Available from: http://profile.id.com.au/wsroc/residents?SLACode=0

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