THE decade-long battle to have widened one of Sydney’s slowest roads, Stacey Street in Bankstown, is a step closer but still more needs to be done.
Roads and Maritime Services will investigate the widening of Stacey Street, look at the feasibility of upgrading the section starting from just north of Rookwood Road, through the intersection with the Hume Highway, past Rickard Road and the railway line, before ending at Griffiths Avenue, and new shared pathways.
Mayor Khal Asfour says residents and motorists know it can become a virtual parking lot in peak periods and it’s been getting worse every year.
“It’s also been impacting local businesses and large transport freight companies, trying to move goods between Sydney Airport, Port Botany and the Sydney CBD,” he said.
“While this is certainly a step in the right direction, it doesn’t go far enough.
“There need to be more entries to Greenacre from Stacey Street because, at present, there’s only one (Greenacre Road). All the others have a no right turn and if RMS doesn’t address it, it will continue to be a nightmare for the thousands of residents who face a choked Greenacre Road each day.”
The Mayor says he now hopes RMS gets on with the job of undertaking and completing a thorough investigation, and not come up with yet another compromise which is a bandaid measure.
“Let’s finally get this done, do the job right, and relieve the stress and pressure off motorists, businesses and our local residents,” he said.