Friday March 22, 2013
Roads Minister Duncan Gay today announced the NSW Government has put its money on the table to build Stage 1 of the Werrington Arterial Road and has made a formal submission to the Federal Government for its share of the funding.
Mr Gay joined local MP’s Tanya Davies (Mulgoa) and Bart Bassett (Londonderry) to make the announcement in Claremont Meadows this morning.
"We have allocated our funding for half the project cost, that is a serious commitment from NSW that shows just how vital this link to the M4 is for Sydney," Mr Gay said.
"The Werrington Arterial Road does so much more than provide another link to the M4, it helps open up access to new housing and key employment areas in Western Sydney.
"The NSW Liberals & Nationals have been sensibly going through the process of planning, consulting and preparing, and now our funding is budgeted.
"Ms Davies, Mr Bassett and the Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres trod a well-worn path to my office to advocate for Stage 1 of the Werrington Arterial Road.
"Now it’s crunch time for the Federal Labor Government and the Member for Lindsay, David Bradbury, to ensure that their half of the funding is in the next Federal Nation Building program," Mr Gay said.
Ms Davies said she was delighted the project was so close to being ready for construction, with a contract recently awarded for the final design.
"The final design is expected to be completed by the end of this year and from the NSW Government’s point of view, we will be ready to go" she said.
Mr Bassett said: "To the Federal Government the message is simple, we’ve done our bit, the ball is in your court".
Mr Ayres said: "The Werrington Arterial Road is exactly the type of road a regional city like Penrith needs. It links the potential jobs-rich Penrith Health and Education Precinct and new housing estates with the M4." "This road will release significant pressure off existing north-south roads like The Northern Road and Mamre Road," Mr Ayres said.