TRAFFIC SOLUTION NEEDED FOR CARTERS ROAD IN NSW BUDGET
Providing alternative access to Carter Road was identified by the former Wyong Shire Council (WSC) as a key priority in the 2014Transforming the NSW Central Coast report.
The WSC report points to the benefits of extending Carters Road as reducing traffic off the Pacific Highway, providing alternative access to Chain Valley Bay and a better and more safe level of service including better parking arrangements for the education precinct.
Ms Catley has previously written to the Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay, calling for the NSW Government to provide a second access point to Carter Road. The Minister advised that this issue is a council matter.
However, with four schools, two of which have been built in recent years, as well as its proximity to the Pacific Highway, it is incumbent on the NSW Government to fix this road before there is a serious accident.
Ms Catley who has previously met with stakeholders from Council, local schools, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and the Department of Education and is calling for funding in the NSW Budget to address growing community concerns.
The NSW Budget will be handed down on 21 June, 2016.
Quotes attributable to the Member for Swansea, Yasmin Catley MP:
“The Government needs to stop passing the buck and stump up the funds to fix this serious congestion problem on Carters Road.
“It is clear that safety and traffic congestion were not properly considered when planning approval was given to the education precinct.
“I am committed to delivering a traffic solution for Carters Road.
“I’ve already secured some small wins on Carter’s Road – including the extension of the north bound turning lane on the Pacific Highway, but a long term solution is required.
“The Government needs to listen to the community and prioritise a second access point to the Education Precinct on Carters Road.”