Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Oatley MP Mark Coure today joined Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads Ray Williams to announce the NSW Baird Government will contribute $200,000 to Hurstville City Council’s plans to fast-track a roundabout on Roberts Avenue at Mortdale Plaza.


“This is a big win for all road users in Mortdale, Peakhurst and Mortdale Heights who use the new Woolworths,” Mr Coure said.


“I have been listening to the community’s concerns on this issue and seen the safety issues first-hand many times.


“There are concerns for motorists who find it difficult to navigate between the two lanes on Roberts Avenue, the entry and exit of the Plaza and the pedestrians trying to cross the road.


“Many of my constituents have written to me or called my office to register their concern and to ask for something to be done,” he said.


Ray Williams said the works would focus on where the Mortdale Plaza entry and exit joins Roberts Avenue.


“This is part of the NSW Baird Government’s commitment to bust congestion and improve safety across the state,” Mr Williams said.


“Thanks to the hard work of Mark Coure in lobbying for this roundabout, the NSW Government has listened to the Mortdale community’s concerns and is pleased to provide $200,000 to allow the project to be fast-tracked.


“We are working with Hurstville City Council to determine the best option to address safety problems at this intersection,” Mr Williams said.


“The kinds of options being considered include a roundabout, raised pedestrian crossings, parking modifications, signage improvements and line marking.”


“The NSW Government is determined to change the way Sydney moves - our plan to fix Sydney’s unsafe and congested intersections, like this one, will reduce traffic and improve travel times for motorists by funding hundreds of projects along these key road corridors.


“This Government has a strong record of delivery. Already I have delivered a number of roads projects for the communities and businesses of Oatley, including the M5 West widening, flashing lights at most of our schools with the rest to be delivered by the middle of the year and planning approval to fix the King Georges Road Interchange,” Mr Coure said.


“This is in addition to the NSW Baird Government’s election commitment to invest $300 million to fix major pinch points in Sydney’s south.


“The $300 million will be allocated across 10 years and includes the following projects in Oatley:


• Intersection of Princes Highway and King Georges Road, Blakehurst

• Princes Highway, between Torrens Street and King Georges Road, Blakehurst

• Intersection of King Georges Road and Stoney Creek Road, Beverly Hills

• King Georges Road, between Connells Point Road and Stoney Creek Road, South Hurstville to Beverley Hills.”

The Baird Government’s Rebuilding NSW infrastructure plan is a once in a generation opportunity to tackle congestion in Sydney through investment in road and public transport infrastructure.


“If re-elected, the Baird Government will deliver these improvements, to ensure we ease congestion, reduce travel times and improve safety for the people of Oatley,” Mr Coure said.