Member for Wollongong Paul Scully has called for action on the South Coast Rail line, and rail infrastructure for the Illawarra.
In a press release, Mr Scully says the NSW Parliament has been told the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is deliberately limiting the economic growth and job opportunities by continued inaction on improving the region’s rail transport infrastructure.
Member for Wollongong Paul Scully said, during a Private Members Statement last night that over the last 10 years the Government’s initiatives on improving the South Coast Line had yielded a faster journey time of just 2 minutes and 12 seconds from Wollongong to Sydney.
Mr Scully said the Government could improve and upgrade the South Coast Line by:
- Starting to untangle the passenger and freight rail task by undertaking work on the Coniston crossovers;
- Committing to the detailed planning work to duplicate the track south of Unanderra to allow for greater frequency of passenger services and cater for the growing population of Dapto;
- Committing to the detailed planning for the completion of the Maldon-Dombarton link, including a passenger component, that would properly connect the Illawarra with south-west Sydney;
- Undertaking timetabling improvements to better connect public transport services within the Illawarra – this will also help reduce private car demand, and;
- Fixing the communications black spots on the South Coast Line.
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