MP will push to make F6 top priority

Mark SpeakmanCRONULLA MP Mark Speakman will ask that the F6 motorway extension be placed at the top of the priority list for Sydney road projects to be carried out over the next two decades.
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Speaking in Parliament, he said he would make a submission to Infrastructure NSW that this project be “the first missing link for construction”.

Premier Barry O’Farrell has promised to start a major new project by the end of the government’s four-year term, and the body headed by former Premier Nick Greiner will choose between the M4 extension, M5 East duplication “or some other project”.

Mr Speakman said Liberal MPs from southern Sydney, the Illawarra and South Coast, at both state and federal levels, were united in supporting an F6 extension.

“A 2009 federal government report showed that freight around the corridor would double by 2030, while traffic would increase by 2.8 per cent a year,” he said.

“A 2008 NRMA study found that completing the F6 from St Peters to Loftus, tunnelled between Sylvania and Loftus, would cost about $2.2 billion but would deliver immediate benefits of almost $1.1 billion, and bring economic benefits of up to $3 billion by 2031.

“An F6 extension would reduce travel times for motorists, worth $475 million according to the NRMA.

“It would reduce vehicle operating costs, including petrol consumption, worth $559 million; also according to the NRMA, an F6 extension would reduce fumes spewing out around schools, playgrounds and homes.”

Mr Speakman said the extended motorway would take trucks accessing Port Kembla and Port Botany off suburban streets, making local roads safer and less congested.

“It would take through traffic off rat-runs such as Belgrave Esplanade, Sylvania Waters.

“It would also boost the economy through jobs growth and business development,” he said.

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