Council on board with future freight corridor

Cessnock City Council welcomed Infrastructure Australia’s finding the Hunter Valley freight rail corridor is a key transport corridor and that action should be taken.

Cessnock City Council welcomed Infrastructure Australia’s finding the Hunter Valley freight rail corridor is a key transport corridor and that action should be taken.

The Corridor Protection: Planning and investing for the long term report released this month calls for action to be taken to protect vital infrastructure corridors.  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent supported the findings, and in particular would like to see progress on the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor.  

“This is a real opportunity to provide essential infrastructure to meet growing demand in our community, we know the Cessnock Local Government Area is experiencing rapid growth.”  

“All levels of government need to be working strategically to improve connectivity and efficiency. The establishment of the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor should be a priority as it is critical as we plan for our future.”  

“In light of population growth passenger rail should also be a priority and we urge all levels of government to provide this vital transport link not just for the lower hunter but also the Upper Hunter.”

Transport NSW has undertaken preliminary investigations into the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor and have identified a number of key benefits including improving congestion and urban amenity in Newcastle.   

Cessnock City Council’s, Economic Development Manager Jane Holdsworth believes the benefits generated by investing in rail and better infrastructure in the region will have far reaching impacts.  

“Investing in infrastructure such as rail is crucial. We would also like to see plans ramp up for the future extension of the M1 Pacific Motorway to the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace. These projects are vital for future job growth.”  

The extension of the M1 Pacific Motorway to the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace is crucial to connect the Port and Airport of Newcastle, increasing access to the Hunter Valley Wine Country, and ultimately increasing visitation to the region.   To keep up to date with Transport NSW progress on the project visit www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/current-projects/lower-hunter-freight-corridor.  

7/13/2017