For commuters travelling south on the Hume Highway in Liverpool, traffic conditions aren’t expected to improve with proposals scrapped for an extension on the right bay turn into Memorial Avenue.
Last November Roads and Maritime Services proposed the extension as part of the NSW Government’s $300 million Urban Roads Pinch Point program, aiming to cut congestion and improve travel times.
Records reveal in October an RMS spokesperson said “Memorial Avenue provides access to nearby residential areas. During peak travel times, vehicles heading southbound on the Hume Highway turning right into Memorial Avenue, overflow the turning lane and block through traffic.
“The proposal will improve capacity at the intersection for turning traffic as well as improving traffic flow.”
State Labor member for Liverpool Paul Lynch was none too pleased with the news of the Government’s decision.
“The Government has scrapped its plans to extend the southbound right-turn bay at the Hume Highway into Memorial Avenue under the Urban Roads Pinch Point Program,” he said. “And they have neither the decency nor the courtesy to say why.
“In November last year they put the proposal on display. And then, earlier this year they announced they weren’t proceeding. They couldn’t be bothered providing a reason.”
He said he asked the Minister for Roads a question in Parliament as to why they weren’t proceeding.
“The minister couldn’t be bothered providing an answer either. This reflects an arrogance by the Government and a contempt by them for this part of Sydney that is all too predictable.”
A spokesman representing the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, said traffic data and feedback determined the decision.
“After community consultation was carried out in November last year, all traffic data and feedback received was reviewed against the proposal's aims and design requirements.
“It was determined the proposed extension to the right-turn bay would not provide major improvements for motorists travelling through the intersection and a decision was made to not proceed with the proposal.
“Roads and Maritime Services will keep the community informed of any future proposals in the area.”