Warwick Farm horse trainers want new road built

HORSE trainers in Warwick Farm compete against each other on the racecourse, but it is a different story off it.

Trainers have called for a road to be built which would divert trucks from the industrial area in Scrivener Street away from the area where the trainers are based and where they cross the road to get to the racecourse.

Trainer William Prain said it's like playing Russian roulette for his staff crossing Manning Street to make it to the track.

"I had a horse hit by a car speeding out of the industrial area about seven years ago," Mr Prain said. He said the horse's back legs were broken and he had to have it put down.

"And there are close calls every day, with cars and trucks speeding up the road," he said.

"It's only a matter of time until a person is hurt."

Liverpool Council has developed plans to extend Shore Street to give the trucks direct access to Governor Macquarie Drive and council staff have told trainers it would cost $6 million to build the road.

But J and E Excavations and Plant Hire president Jim Vella said he could build the road for $1 million.

"That's an estimate," he said.

"It would depend on the thickness of the concrete required, but there is no way that it would need to cost $6 million. That's way too much."

A council spokeswoman said the council had come up with the estimate for the 600 metre stretch of road by using contractor prices of similar construction projects underway.

She said the Local Government Act prohibited the council from considering unsolicited quotes.

"The construction of the bypass will also include substantial upgrades at the intersection with Governor Macquarie Drive as well as the construction of a large drainage channel," she said.

Liverpool councillor Tony Hadchiti said the council's estimate seemed a bit high, but that the cost of the road would not be cheap because of the need to build a channel.

"The road will be built when we have the funding together," Cr Hadchiti said.

Cr Hadchiti is on a council steering committee that is working to solve the problem.

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