Tenders called for Lower Hunter Transport study

By: Jason Whittaker


Tenders have been called for a comprehensive study into the transport needs of the Lower Hunter Region. Acting Federal Infrastructure

Tenders have been called for a comprehensive study into the transport needs of the Lower Hunter Region.

Acting Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Chris Bowen says the department will work with the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) to manage the study, which will be conducted by an independent consultant.

"The study will be an important step in developing strategies for transport connections between the major Lower Hunter centres of Maitland, Cessnock and Singleton and Newcastle and the F3," Bowen says.

"The tender is for an independent consultant to review the performance of land transport networks in the study area and connections to adjacent areas, and to identify current issues and future challenges."

Tenders for the Lower Hunter Transport Needs Study will close on July 14. The study will build on previous studies and will consult with community, local government and industry.

NSW Minister for Roads Eric Roozendaal says land transport strategies will be identified that can meet passenger and freight needs over the next 25 years such as the need to improve access connecting Maitland, Cessnock and Singleton with Newcastle and the F3.

"The study will also identify potential proposals to deliver on these strategies and assess the relative benefits of each proposal, based on strategic engineering, environmental, economic and cost assessment in meeting the identified long term land use and transport needs of the study area," Roozendaal says.

The final study report will be completed by 15 November 2008 for submission to respective ministers and subsequently be submitted to Infrastructure Australia by the end of November 2008.

A study website will also be established to ensure stakeholders have access to the terms of reference, key reference documents and study updates.

Roozendaal says the study will also review the existing cost estimate for the F3 to Branxton proposal.

The process will involve a number of stakeholders, including community groups and representatives of Maitland, Cessnock and Singleton Councils and the NSW Department of Planning, Roozendaal says.

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