MEDIA RELEASE: Labor Backs a Third Hawkesbury River Crossing, Friday 3 June

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

SUSAN TEMPLEMAN
 LABOR CANDIDATE FOR MACQUARIE

LABOR BACKS A THIRD HAWKESBURY RIVER CROSSING

A Shorten Labor Government will invest in planning work for a third crossing of the Hawkesbury River in Windsor.

Labor will commit $500,000 towards planning work to improve access for local residents.

Deputy Labor Leader, Tanya Plibersek, said congestion and heavy truck traffic continue to be major frustrations for people in the Hawkesbury.

 “The road network has not kept pace with population growth in the local area,” Ms Plibersek said.

 Labor candidate for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, said the planning work was important because no one had looked at the specific needs of the local road network, including identifying a site for a third crossing on the Hawkesbury River.

 “The only idea the NSW Liberal Government has is to duplicate the two-lane Windsor Bridge, and destroy historic Thompson Square in the process,” Ms Templeman said.

 “Labor’s options study will look at the current local road network, population growth, land use activities, and environmental issues.

 “It is also an opportunity to save Thompson Square by identifying a better site for a third crossing of the Hawkesbury.

 “A third crossing will help reduce traffic in the centre of Windsor, and improve travel times for residents in the Hawkesbury.

 “Labor has a great track record of working to improve our roads.

 “The last Labor Government delivered $18 million of local road improvements around North Richmond Bridge.

 “We call on the NSW Liberal Government to match our $500,000 commitment so this critical planning work can proceed.”

FRIDAY, 3 JUNE 2016