Government lauds progress on Western Sydney roads plan


Fletcher says the upgrades have resulted in improved freight access and travel times

Government lauds progress on Western Sydney roads plan
Fletcher says the upgrades are already helping ease congestion on the roads.

 

The federal and New South Wales governments have commended the progress made in the upgrade of road infrastructure over the past 12 months.

The upgrades are part of a joint state and federal government investment of $3.6 billion to improve road and traffic conditions in the western Sydney area.

The latest 12-month report card for the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan (WSIP) shows the progress on the plan’s major infrastructure projects.

The Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan July 2016 - June 2017 Report Card provides a comprehensive overview on the progress of the $3.6 billion package.

The government says the upgrades have resulted in better movement of freight in and through western Sydney and improved access and travel times for road freight.

Federal urban infrastructure minister Paul Fletcher says a "significant achievement" was the opening to traffic of the new Werrington Arterial Road between the Great Western Highway and M4 Motorway, which is helping to ease congestion on M4.

"With one in 11 Australians now living in Western Sydney, we are delivering major projects such as building the M12 Motorway and the Werrington Arterial Road to transform the region's economy and make it an even better place to live and do business," Fletcher says.

"The Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan is delivering major road upgrades for the region and capitalising on the economic benefits from building the Western Sydney Airport.

"These projects are delivering jobs for Western Sydney with around 910 full-time-equivalent positions created so far - almost a quarter of the forecast 4,000 direct and indirect jobs expected to be created over the 10-year program.

"The $3.6 billion plan will ensure that road connections are ready before the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek opens and will support future housing development and economic precincts."

The state government is currently working with local councils to progress work on projects included as part of the $62 million second round of funding announced in 2016.

Western Sydney minister Stuart Ayres says the local businesses are reaping the rewards of the investment in the region's infrastructure.

The WSIP package includes investment of around $2.9 billion from the federal government and around $700 million from the state government.

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