TRAFFIC SOLUTION NEEDED FOR CARTERS ROAD

With two Primary Schools, two High Schools, an Early Childhood Centre, a growing population and only one way in and out, a traffic solution is desperately needed for Carters Road, Lake Munmorah.

Today, Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Jodi McKay joined the Member for Swansea, Yasmin Catley for a tour of Carters Road Education Precinct to better understand the issues faced by motorists and parents who have grown increasingly frustrated with the traffic situation.

In the 2014Transforming the NSW Central Coast report the former Wyong Shire Council (WSC) identified Carters Road as a priority infrastructure project and called on then candidates at the 2015 state election to support these projects.

Ms Catley has written to the NSW Government a number of times calling for a solution to the traffic and safety issues at Carters Road. Most recently, Ms Catley has written to the new Roads Minister, Melinda Pavey inviting her to a guided tour of Caters Road.

The NSW Opposition is now calling on the Roads Minister to work with Central Coast Council to fix Carters Road.

Ms Catley who has previously met with representatives from Council, Schools and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and the Department of Education and is calling for swift action to address growing community concerns.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Roads Jodi McKay:

“The Central Coast is experiencing rapid population growth so it’s imperative that appropriate plans are in place to address issues like traffic congestion and accessibility.

“Two out of the ten projects that the former Wyong Shire Council identified as a priority for the Central Coast involve upgrading Carters Road.

“What we’ve seen today is the chaos of Carters Road spilling out on the Pacific Highway, and creating serious safety issues.

“The time to fix this is now – the Central Coast is growing, and the Government needs to work with Council to resolve this issue.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Swansea Yasmin Catley:

We know from Council’s own figures that they’ve earmarked $197 million for key infrastructure projects this financial year, but Carters Road isn’t one of them. That’s just not good enough.

“The community is sick and tired of the blame game that is happening between Council and the State Government – they just want to know their kids can get to school safely.”

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