Friday, April 26, 2024

Outer Sydney Orbital route revealed

The NSW Government has released its consultation report for the Outer Sydney Orbital Stage 2 and confirmed that the ‘Blue’ option has been identified as the preferred route for the Hume Highway to Appin Road connection.

Stakeholders, landowners and local community members were able to provide feedback on the Outer Sydney Orbital Stage 2 during consultation held between November 2020 and January 2021.

“I’m pleased to see that the Government has listened to Council and community feedback and selected the community’s preferred choice for this important infrastructure plan,” said Wollondilly Shire Mayor, Robert Khan.

Transport for NSW has advised that the Blue option has been further refined in response to feedback to minimise impacts on koala habitat, whilst also avoiding land identified as having Aboriginal cultural sensitivity.

“What is critical is that Transport for NSW appropriately refines the option to address community and stakeholder concerns, particularly in protecting our beloved Koala population and cultural heritage,” said Mayor Khan.

“Pleasingly, upgrades to Picton Road, the Hume Highway and an upgraded connection between Appin Rd and Picton Road are identified as key priorities for Transport for NSW. We look forward to these critical projects being delivered urgently.”

Transport NSW says the identification of the preferred option will not result in any immediate changes to planning controls relating to land zoning or how the land can be developed.

“The next stage of the project involves Transport for NSW working with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment as part of the on-going planning for the Greater Macarthur Growth Area,” it said in a statement.

“There is no need for Transport for NSW to acquire any land until close to the time the transport infrastructure is required, which may be many years away. 

“When it does come time to build the road, Transport’s proposal would have to undergo detailed planning assessment, providing further opportunities for the community to comment on the project.”

A Consultation Outcomes Report is available on the Transport for NSW website, outlining the themes of the submissions that were received and the responses to the issues raised.

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