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NSW invests $15 million into Thornton rail bridge duplication

The NSW government has jabbed the former government for the slow delivery of the rail bridge duplication project in East Maitland

The NSW government has announced it is investing $15 million into the next stage of the Thornton rail bridge duplication project to help get Maitland moving again.

The $15 million funding will kickstart initial works and planning to duplicate the Thornton rail bridge, with the NSW government blaming its predecessors in the slow work done on the bridge to date.

“After 12 years of a government prioritising building massive toll roads in Sydney at the expense of regional roads, the current government is determined to get important infrastructure back on track,” the NSW government says.

The project is designed to ease congestion and expand access to Thornton Road, offering a flood-free route and improving freight access.

The NSW government will begin consulting with community members and stakeholders over key issues relating to the bridge and its impacts.

NSW premier Chris Minns says the government will focus on providing a safe and reliable road network to the East Maitland area.

“The NSW government is determined to end the previous government’s legacy of letting regional infrastructure fall behind while prioritising toll roads in Sydney,” Minns says.

“The NSW government is delivering on our commitment to take the Thornton Rail Bridge duplication to the next stage and finally get the wheels turning on this much-needed project.

“Over the next 20 years it’s estimated we will see an increase of nearly 7,000 residents and 3,500 jobs, which is why we need to start work now to ensure traffic flows smoothly.”

NSW regional transport and roads minister Jenny Aitchison says the project is one of the many vital ones of its kind that needs to be delivered.

“The precinct is so congested during peak periods and flooding that it may as well double as a bumper-to-bumper car park sometimes,” Aitchison says.

“This will be a game changer for essential workers who are constantly stuck in traffic and are spending hours in the car to get to work, education and medical appointments.

“As one of the flood-free routes connecting the northern parts of Maitland to the M1, Pacific Highway and the Hunter Expressway, the duplication of this bridge is vital for our community.”

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