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Old June 20th, 2018, 02:15 PM   #1302
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New South Wales handed down its State Budget on 19 June and seem to be in a position of more money than know what to do with it. Fortunately, they are pumping big dollars into roads and public transport around Sydney. The headline project is a new $3 billion underground rail between Sydney and Parramatta that will cut travel time between the two cities to under twenty minutes. For the road network, the F6 Freeway (Sydney southern suburbs) is now on the drawing board, Albion Park Rail Bypass near Wollongong, the Coffs Harbour Bypass, bridge replacements in regional areas and sealing outback highways are features.

The 2018-19 NSW Budget commits additional funds for:

• Road safety - a $600 million boost brings the total allocation to $1.9 billion over five years to improve road safety in NSW, including targeted safety infrastructure upgrades as well as enhanced enforcement;
• Heathcote Road - $173 million towards upgrading the Woronora River bridge and widening between Hammondville and Voyager Point;
• Nowra Bridge - $155 million reserved to match Australian Government funding and enable a new Princes Highway bridge to be built across the Shoalhaven River;
• Henry Lawson Drive - $100 million for widening between the M5 Motorway and Milperra Road, and;
• Sealing Country Roads –$an additional $40 million will allow initial sealing of the last two unsealed State Highways in NSW – the Cobb and Silver City Highways – to be completed by 2023.

Major funding allocations in 2018-19 include:

• $1.8 billion for the new Westconnex motorway with the M4 East Tunnel opening in first half of 2019;
• $1.7 billion for maintenance of road, maritime and freight assets;
• $1.2 billion to continue the NSW and Australian Government funded Pacific Highway upgrade, including planning and preconstruction for the Coffs Harbour Bypass;
• $439 million for the NSW and Australian Government funded Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan which is providing upgrades of key routes from Liverpool, Penrith and Campbelltown to access to the new Western Sydney Airport;
• $334 million for established Sydney roads including upgrades to Heathcote Road, Henry Lawson Drive and King Georges Road;
• $281 million for easing congestion at pinch points across Sydney including upgrades around Sydney airport and the M4 Smart Motorway;
• $244 million for the Princes Highway, allowing construction to commence on the Albion Park Rail Bypass, Berry to Bomaderry upgrade and the replacement bridge at Batemans Bay;
• $178 million to continue planning and preconstruction for the F6 extension Stage 1, Western Harbour Tunnel, Beaches Link and Sydney Gateway;
• $165 million for Central Coast roads including widening the Pacific Motorway and upgrading the Empire Bay Drive intersection with The Scenic Road and Cochrone Street at Kincumber;
• $168 million investment in maritime improvements across NSW for commercial and recreational fishers and boaters;
• $119 million for road freight safety and productivity in regional New South Wales;
$87 million on Freight Rail infrastructure upgrades, including the Fixing Country Rail program designed to enhance rail infrastructure and eliminate connectivity constraints affecting regional freight services;
• $84 million for the New England Highway including the Scone bypass and the Bolivia Hill upgrade between Glen Innes and Tenterfield;
• $81 million for Bridges for the Bush, allowing construction of new bridges to commence at Gunnedah, Barrington and on Nerriga Road near Braidwood;
• $62 million for the Newell Highway including fast tracking the delivery of overtaking lanes through an innovative contract approach and planning for the new Dubbo bridge, and;
• $55 million for upgrades to Hunter roads, including completion of the intersection upgrade where the M1 Motorway meets John Renshaw Drive and Weakleys Drive.


• $2.4 billion to complete Sydney Metro Northwest
• $1.9 billion to continue building Sydney Metro City and Southwest
• $258 million to start construction of Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1
• $20 million is budgeted for planning Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 which will run north of the Parramatta River and link to Sydney Olympic Park.
• $110 million to deliver Newcastle Light Rail, which will see high capacity, frequent services commence through the Newcastle city centre in 2019, supporting precinct development
• $496 million to continue delivering the New Intercity Fleet for Central Coast, Newcastle, Blue Mountains and Illawarra customers
• over $400 million for new trains to service the Sydney Trains network
• $179 million to purchase new buses to accommodate growth in NSW bus services and to replace old buses
• $880 million committed for digital systems on the rail network to replace legacy signalling and train control with modern, intelligent systems that will improve service reliability and the network’s ability to recover after major incidents
• $133 million for the Transport Access Program to continue to make more transport services accessible, with upgrades like lifts, escalators and ramps to stations and wharves to make it easier for people with limited mobility and parents with prams.
• $31 million investment to continue procurement of a new regional rail fleet and maintenance facility to replace the ageing XPT, XPLORER and Endeavour trains
• $1.5 billion to maintain the Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink Intercity networks, helping make journeys more reliable and facilitating rail freight movement through the state’s busiest rail corridors;
• $1.2 billion for public transport concessions including pensioners, seniors, people with disabilities and the school student transport scheme;
• $137 million for the Northern Beaches B-Line, with infrastructure improvements along the route between Mona Vale and the Sydney CBD to further improve reliability;
• $132 million toward the Central Walk project, a new underground pedestrian concourse at Central Station to better connect customers to trains, light rail and new Sydney Metro underground platforms;
• $87 million for Community Transport and Home and Community Care services to help people across the state who have difficulties accessing transport, and;
• Funding for planning of additional commuter car parking at Leppington, Edmondson Park, Engadine, and Schofields

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