The New South Wales government has announced $500 million in major road and transport upgrades for better access to Sydney Airport.
Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay, said more needs to be done to manage traffic to and from the airport.
“It is totally unacceptable that people are missing flights or are sitting in traffic for way too long trying to get in and around Sydney Airport – we have to do better,” Gay said.
“Projects like the internal airport road upgrades, widening of Marsh Street and Joyce Drive, and WestConnex will transform the way people use the airport in the next few years but we have to get the network working as best we can now.”
Improvements will include the reporting of real-time traffic information to help prevent congestion before it hits key airport roads.
The Airport Traffic Coordination Committee will assist in the transformation, comprised of NSW Police, Sydney Airport, Transport Management Centre, and Roads and Maritime Services.
“I’ve established a team of experts - the Airport Traffic Coordination Committee - which will be responsible for setting up a more detailed action plan to manage traffic flow and prepare for busy peak periods,” he said.
“We’ll also have an Airport Traffic Coordinator who will work between the Transport Management Centre and Sydney Airport and be in charge of managing traffic around the airport with the ability to direct resources to respond to incidents immediately.”
The committee will hold its first meeting next week.
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