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Thursday, 7 November 1996
Page: 6910

(Question No. 620)


Mr McClelland asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Development, upon notice, on 9 September 1996:

(1) What estimate has been made of the additional vehicular transport that will converge on Sydney in the period immediately preceding, during and immediately after the Sydney Olympic Games.

(2) What discussions has his Department had with the NSW Department of Road Transport about the ability of the NSW road system, and Sydney in particular, to handle the increased volume of vehicular traffic.

(3) What consideration is being given by his Department or any agency for which he is responsible to assist NSW cope with traffic problems resulting from the Sydney Olympic Games.


Mr Sharp —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Olympic bid materials made it clear that the NSW Government considered that Sydney land transport infrastructure in place now, and planned to be in place by 2000, would be adequate to meet demand generated by the Olympics.

(2) The Federal Airports Corporation (FAC) has had discussions with the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) regarding ground access links serving Sydney Airport for the Olympic period and beyond. The FAC has also provided inputs to the RTA on the need for adequate connecting roads between the airport and the proposed Eastern Distributor and the M5 East.

(3) The FAC has approved works estimated to cost $55 million for road and car park improvements at the Domestic and International Terminals at Sydney Airport. Further road works within the airport boundary are under consideration for construction by the year 2000. Planning mechanisms are in place to ensure adequate coordination of these works with those contemplated by the RTA.