Ryan Park MP has announced a NSW Labor Government will commit $100 million towards the vital and necessary upgrades of Appin Road.
NSW Labor had already committed to investing $50 million towards upgrades, however, that funding has now been doubled.
A federal Labor Government has also committed to providing $50 million worth of upgrades, bringing Labor’s total investment to $150 million.
For the past eight years, the Liberal-National Government has refused to make substantial investment regarding safety upgrades.
Rather than dig in the State Government coffers or use the hundreds of millions of dollars collected in stamp duty from Illawarra residents, the State Government said it will rely on developer contributions to fund the upgrades.
Mr Park and Mr Warren have been a vocal advocates for upgrades of the notorious stretch of road for many years.
Mr Park and Mr Warren said they were ecstatic that a NSW Labor Government would actually invest the funds needed to improve safety on the notorious road.
Quotes attributed to Shadow Treasurer and Keira MP Ryan Park:
“This funding will save lives – make no mistake about that.
“Safety on the Appin Road has been ignored for too long but I am proud that a NSW Labor Government will finally address the issue.
“These upgrades will make a huge difference to lives of residents on the south coast and in the ever-expanding region of Macarthur.”
Quotes attributed to Campbelltown MP Greg Warren:
“Residents in Campbelltown and the wider Macarthur have been begging the Government for years to do something about the death trap that is Appin Road.
“I used to drive coal trucks up and down the notorious stretch of road so I know first-hand how dangerous conditions for motorists are.”
“It is one of the most dangerous roads in the state and works cannot express how proud I am that a NSW Labor Government will invest $100 million into upgrades of the road.”