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Thirroul to Waterfall rail tunnel on the agenda under State Labor

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State MP for Keira, Ryan Park

THE much-talked-about Thirroul to Waterfall tunnel will be one option under Labor’s $2.4 billion transport policy to improve the Wollongong-Sydney rail corridor.

Keira MP Ryan Park said the tunnel would be put to an expert rail panel for consideration should Labor win the March 23 state election.

Mr Park said as a more immediate solution Labor will consider straightening the track, improving the curvature and alignment along the northern suburbs rail route. He said the list of improvement options was based on Transport for NSW documents received by Labor under freedom of information requests.

Scrapping the proposed extension of the F6 Freeway through Sydney’s southern suburbs would partially fund Labor’s transport policy.

Heathcote Liberal MP, Lee Evans has slammed Labor’s Thirroul/Waterfall rail tunnel proposal. Mr Evans said Labor’s announcement does not clarify the effects building a tunnel would have on Helensburgh, Otford, Stanwell Park, Coalcliff, Scarborough and Coledale stations.

“These stations service the thousands of commuters who live along the escarpment and my commuters want more services – not less,” Mr Evans said.

“A Liberal National Government is committed to the (extension of the) F6 (motorway) and upgrading the rail network,”he said.

“Our region deserves both rail and road.”

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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