Labor’s federal, state and local government representatives have met at Bankstown’s Hume Highway and Stacey Street intersection calling for improvements.
THE NSW Opposition will be looking for a clear commitment in the forthcoming state budget to finally fix one of Australia's busiest roads.
Bankstown's Stacey Street is the slowest road in Sydney outside of the CBD, according to a report by Austroads. The key route between the M4 and M5 motorways is also the seventh slowest road in Australia.
Labor Leader Luke Foley wants Stacey Street to have three lanes in both directions from Bankstown Central to the Hume Highway, where he says an overpass or interchange should be built.
Mr Foley was joined by Federal MP for Blaxland, Jason Clare, State MP for Bankstown, Tania Mihailuk, State MP for Lakemba, Jihad Dib, State Labor candidate for East Hills, Cameron Murphy, and Canterbury Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour at the intersection last week to press for a funding commitment.
Mr Clare says an overpass or interchange is needed to get traffic flowing.
"The thousands of local people who crawl along this road everyday want it fixed," Mr Clare said.
The NSW Government has committed to addressing the bottleneck by its Gateway to the South Pinch Point Program, but significant funding has yet to emerge.
A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the Government was funding improvements to Stacey Street as part of the $300 million program.
Stage one work will involve widening the southbound lanes of Stacey Street between Macauley Avenue and Stanley Street to provide three lanes in the southbound direction, while work on stage two will include widening the northbound lanes to provide three lanes in the northbound direction.
Mr Foley said an upgraded program would ease congestion around Bankstown and deliver safer and faster journeys.
Labor has committed to further develop the project as a priority, with costings and a staged plan for construction, if elected to Government.
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