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Master plan unveiled to fix bottle neck

Master plan unveiled to fix bottle neck Business owners and industry leaders have today joined with Bankstown City Council to call on the NSW Government to commit, once and for all, to free up a traffic bottleneck delaying the distribution of millions of dollars in goods every year. No  

Business owners and industry leaders have today joined with Bankstown City Council to call on the NSW Government to commit, once and for all, to free up a traffic bottleneck delaying the distribution of millions of dollars in goods every year.

Mayor of Bankstown, Clr Linda Downey, Urban Taskforce Chief Executive, Chris Johnson, and successful local business owner, Stephen Drane from Noble Toyota, today unveiled Council’s masterplan for the Stacey Street/Fairford Road corridor.

“We’ve had enough. This stretch of road is an absolute nightmare,” Mayor Downey said.

“This corridor leads to and feeds onto the M5 and Highway, while it also is forced to take traffic coming from the Sutherland Shire and Illawarra, yet it’s not unusual for motorists to take more than half an hour to negotiate the two kilometre stretch.

 

 

“Bankstown is the geographical gateway to Western Sydney and is the third largest economy in our nation. While our local Bankstown economy, with a Gross Regional Product (GRP) of $8.18 billion, is a powerhouse of its own. Yet we are being held back and suffering because of poor major road and rail infrastructure.”

“So, rather than face another decade of inaction, we have decided to take the initiative for the NSW Government and develop a masterplan for the precinct.”

The masterplan includes:

• Expanding Stacey Street and Fairford Road from four to six lanes;

• Making improvements to the Wattle Street intersection to ensure better traffic flow;

• Redeveloping 110,000 square metres of industrial land south of Fairford Road;

• Constructing a flyover at the intersection of Stacey St and Hume Highway; and

• Redeveloping Bankstown Station into a safer transport hub, complete with supportive commercial development.

“The NSW Government has announced the North-West Rail Link will be extended to Bankstown yet, I’m advised Bankstown Station has structural issues which need addressing immediately,” said Mayor Downey.

“We have taken the initiative to come up with a plan that will not only provides welcome relief to thousands of businesses and commuters, it also benefits the NSW Government in achieving its objectives outlined in its Metropolitan Plan, particularly in relation to integrated land use and transport policy.

“We have done all the hard planning work, now we are calling on the NSW Government to consider our proposal and make a commitment to funding this important project for Western Sydney,” Mayor Downey said.

Urban Taskforce Chief Executive, Chris Johnson, welcomed Council’s bold initiative.

“With the proposed Metro line coming to Bankstown in the future, the city is set to take on an important role in metropolitan Sydney,” Mr Johnson said.

“To capitalise on this role, Bankstown is embarking on a renewal of the city centre with a new urban cosmopolitan character.

“This proposal shows forward thinking and provides just the sort of civic leadership needed to position the city in the future. By visualising a future based on growth and public transport, Bankstown is demonstrating to the community the importance of strong leadership.

“Council is to be congratulated for its vision,” Mr Johnson said.

Principal Dealer for Noble Toyota, Stephen Drane, praised Council for taking the initiative to come up with a solution for the corridor.

“The fact that it’s so difficult to travel up and down Stacey Street during peak hours means people avoid using this road for work or to do business,” said Mr Drane.

“If it’s made too hard, they will do business elsewhere and our local community misses out.”


 7/03/2018 9:57 AM