LOCALS can expect transport services and infrastructure to improve in Lake Macquarie following funding announced in Tuesday’s state budget.
The proposed Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange (LMTI), at Glendale, is back on the government’s radar.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced $1.7 million to prepare a revised strategic business case for all stages of the project.
Mayor Kay Fraser welcomed the funding.
“The benefits of this project are solid – it has the potential to create affordable housing for 2740 dwellings and 3,800 new jobs in this emerging strategic centre,” Cr Fraser said.
“The business case is an essential step in bidding for government funds to undertake the remaining stages of the LMTI.”
The government also announced $11.8 million for further planning of the Fassifern-Hexham freight rail line which would take freight rail off the main passenger line, potentially improving the lot of rail commuters.
Other road project funding announced for Lake Macquarie included.-
- $1.8 million for repairs to Fennell Bay Bridge;
- $600,000 for the resurfacing of Toronto Road, at Woodrising, and Wangi Road, between Toronto and Dora Creek;
- $200,000 for a new traffic study on state-owned roads in the Lake Macquarie local government area;
- $150,000 towards planning of the upgrade of the intersection of Macquarie Street and Fishery Point Road, at Morisset;
- $540,000 for resurfacing roads between Warners Bay and Speers Point; and
- $421,000 to maintain council roads.
In a boost for users of public transport, the government announced funding for additional bus services between Toronto and Charlestown, Toronto to Glendale and Wallsend, and Morisset to Toronto via Wangi.