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Funding boost for Western Sydney Orbital



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News Release Minister f o r T tans p o r t Hon. Laurie Brereton MP ♦ Minister for Industrial Relations

T66/95 30 August. 1995

FUNDING BOOST FOR WESTERN SYDNEY ORBITAL

Construction of the second section of the Western Sydney Orbital — from Cecil Park up to the M4 motorway at Eastern Creek — will begin in 1998, Federal Transport Minister Laurie Brereton announced today.

Mr_Brereton said planning for the 10-kilometre, $220 million route would begin next year once the EIS currently underway was completed.

The Federal Government has already committed $260 million to the southern section of the orbital from Prestons to Cecil Park as part of a budget allocation to upgrade road links to Sydney West Airport.

The southern section, along with the upgrading of Elizabeth Drive, will provide a link between Kingsford Smith and Sydney West airports by 1999.

“The orbital will bring great benefits to the whole of Australia, Western Sydney most of all,” Mr Brereton said.

“A draft study on the project just provided to the Government estimates the national dividend in terms of reduced transport costs at $870 million, and an economic windfall of $1.2 billion,” he said.

Mr Brereton said that after analysing the draft study, the Federal Government had decided there would be no toll on either section of the Western Sydney Orbital.

“This decision has been made possible by the Government’s shift to a three-year National Highway program that provides greater flexibility and funding certainty for large, high priority projects,” Mr Brereton said.

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