Local commuters are the winner today after Labor announced a $175 million Heathcote Road package - including $2 million for scoping and planning works into duplicating the Woronora River Bridge.
Labor’s Heathcote Road Package will widen Heathcote road to two lanes in both directions between the Princes Highway and New Illawarra road, and between The Avenue at Voyager Point and Infantry Parade.
Importantly the package will also kick off planning to duplicate the dangerously narrow Woronora River Bridge, with $2 million for scoping and planning works.
Labor Shadow Treasurer, Ryan Park criticised Liberal politicians Lee Evans and Melanie Gibbons for dragging their heels on Heathcote Road.
“Sure the Liberals made one announcement, but this isn’t a new issue. Lee Evans and Melanie Gibbons have known about these problems for eight years, so why did it take an election for them to finally act?”
“The Liberals are clearly the kind of people who care more about saving their own jobs than the members of the local community stuck in traffic for hours on end.”
“Labor has listened to the community and to the experts and we understand how important Heathcote road is to supporting local jobs and the local economy.”
Labor candidate for Heathcote, Maryanne Stuart said “More than 36,000 people use Heathcote Road every day, that’s a lot of people who are put at risk on such a narrow bridge. It just wasn’t meant to handle this much traffic.”
“Widening lanes on the Bridge just isn’t a long term solution. We will need to duplicate the Bridge, and Labor is putting in the hard work needed to make that possible.”
Even Lee Evans said that a duplication “would have been my preferred option” but, he couldn’t get his own Liberal Party to stump up the funds.
“If Lee Evans can’t get results in his own Party, then he’s not up to the job of representing our community.” Ms Stuart said.
Labor Candidate for Holsworthy, Charishma Kaliyanda welcomed Labor’s commitment.
“Traffic congestion is a major problem on our local roads. I get why so many locals are angry about it – It’s incredibly frustrating.”
“Labor’s plan will ease over congested bottlenecks, meaning less time in traffic and more time safe at home with family and friends. That’s why we’re doing this.”