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$70 million New Line Road upgrade announced in Budget

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The NSW Government has allocated $70 million to widen New Line Road upgrade from single lanes to dual carriageways between Purchase Road and Hastings Road, as part of its Budget announcement.

Treasurer and Hornsby MP Matt Kean said the record funding was crucial to improve travel times, reduce congestion and “make our community safer”. The much-needed upgrade would widen the Pyes Creek Bridge in a bid to improve traffic flow and make what Mr Kean said would be “an enormous difference to those that live and travel through the area”.

“The traffic snarls all along New Line Road have been terrible for many years and this has certainly been exacerbated more recently with the temporary closure of Galston Gorge,” Mr Kean said.

“I am very pleased for residents that I have been able to secure funding to finally start fixing New Line Road once and for all,” he said. Traffic on New Line Road has been a bone of contention for locals for decades.
Residents have suffered from traffic snarls and congestion, particularly during peak periods such as before and after school hours and peak commuting hours for workers.

New Line Road is currently built on an embankment with culverts over Pyes Creek, with one lane of traffic in each direction and a narrow footpath on the eastern side of the road. Steep grades, merging of traffic lanes into one lane in each direction and heavy vehicle usage of New Line Road on either side of Pyes Creek have all contributed to traffic upheaval for residents in and around the area.

In September 2020, the NSW Government spent $20 million to investigate improvements to New Line Road from Old Northern Road, Dural to Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills.

During project development, Pyes Creek, County Drive/Shepherds Drive roundabout, Old Northern Road roundabout and the partially signalised Hastings
Road intersections were identified as key locations of congestion along the corridor.
Mr Kean said the full project, being delivered in stages, would involve an upgrade of New Line Road to two lanes in each direction from Old Northern Road at Dural to Castle Hill Road at West Pennant Hills.
The Treasurer said his first Budget would not skimp on infrastructure, and that more than $110 billion would be spent in this critical space.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][us_image image=”67181″ size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][us_image image=”67182″ size=”full”][us_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Bev Jordan

Bev Jordan studied journalism at Harlow College in the UK.  She achieves a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. After migrating to Australia at the end of 1984, she took up a Senior Journalist position with Cumberland Newspapers, based on the Parramatta Advertiser. She has since worked on the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and was a lecturer in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. Bev returned to Cumberland Newspapers (NewsLocal) and worked for 30 years covering all different mastheads, including Mosman Daily, Mount Druitt Standard and finally Hills Shire Times for the last 17 of those years. Bev’s passion has always been local community journalism.  She says “As a journalist, I have always seen it as my job to inform, inspire and involve.  I am a passionate advocate for organisations and people making a difference to the world around them. Connectedness is so important to the health of an individual but also to a community, no matter how small or large.

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