A DRAFT report responding to submissions against the Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance's proposed Moorebank freight terminal has been released.
A total of 38 submissions were received during the public exhibition period for SIMTA's Environmental Impact Statement, of these, six were received from government agencies and 32 from members of the public.
Some key matters highlighted were traffic, air and noise pollution, health and project justification. Members of the community expressed concern over background data used and the suitability of the traffic modelling method.
Residents cited "an inability of the existing road network to cope with the increase in traffic", and the "the potential of an increase in accidents and decreased road safety".
SIMTA advised, in its report, that the modelling base case network was identified in agreement with the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) to correspond with the Sydney Strategic Travel Model and the M5 West Widening Project.
"In 2031, once the upgrades are complete, the background traffic growth means that delays at the intersections modelled will be the same as in 2010," the report states.
"Load limits can be implemented to restrict use of residential roads by trucks, and heavy vehicles are restricted from using roads outside the routes identified by the RMS heavy vehicle maps. "Anzac Road is not mapped as a heavy vehicle route, therefore trucks will not access the site via Anzac Road." Details: http://simta.com.au.