Member for Keira Ryan Park has taken the closure of Bulli Pass to the floor of Parliament addressing his concerns and raising important questions to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Fright in his private members speech on Tuesday 9 August.
Recently, the NSW Government through RMS announced that they would close Bulli Pass for the duration of 2 months to install 1.1 kilometers of fencing. This closure would happen again for an additional 2 months in 2017. Road works are nothing new in NSW and drivers expect efficient maintenance to their roads. Mr Park fears the complete closure of Bulli Pass is more to do with cost convenience to the Government and RMS, and with little consideration being given to the impact it will have on commuters.
The Shadow Minister has called on the Government to explain why the road cannot be partially closed for morning and afternoon peak times. Mr Park has also expressed his concerned that he was not briefed prior to the announcement and more importantly why the community was not given the option for consultation prior to the announcement.
To announce a complete 24/7 road closure and then request feedback from the community is an arrogant act and typical of this Liberal Government. Concerned residents have only till Sunday 14th of August to leave feedback.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Illawarra Ryan Park:
“To announce a 24/7 Road Closure and then request community feedback it not only arrogant it signifies internal mismanagement issues
“Over 10’000 commuters depend on Bulli Pass daily to commute to Sydney and beyond for work. The Government must consider partially opening the road during morning and afternoon peaks
“I am concerned for the people of the northern suburbs who rely on Bulli Pass to get to work, to add an extra half an hour to their drive is a major safety concern when you consider driver fatigue and the increased congestion on Lawrence Hargrave Drive and the M1 Motorway.
“The safety of our community is paramount; RMS must find alternatives that will maximise both safety and road efficiency