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Taylor says overtaking lane next on list for Appin Road upgrade

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor says that the next stage of the Federal Coalition’s $50 million upgrade of Appin Road will include a northbound overtaking lane and traffic separation barriers.

 “Early safety works have been completed along Appin Road – including installing safety signs, guideposts and audio tactile line marking, as well as removing tree stumps – and the detailed investigation and design for the next stage of targeted safety improvements is under way,” Mr Taylor said.

 “The next stage of upgrades will include a new northbound overtaking lane with a traffic separation barrier.

“Traffic separation will be installed along the existing southbound overtaking lane and u-turn facilities will be built to the north and south of this overtaking lane to improve access to nearby properties.

 “We’ll be widening travel lanes in each direction, as well as installing new line marking and safety signs, shoulder sealing, pavement upgrades and fauna fencing.

 “About five kilometres of Appin Road, between Rosemeadow and Appin, will be upgraded in this next stage of work, to improve safety for the 10,000 motorists who use the road every day,” Mr Taylor said.

The $50 million project also includes a Link Road Corridor Study expected to be completed by October 2019, which is planning for a future east-west connecting road, to reduce traffic volumes on Appin Road.

Analysis of short listed route options is currently under way with the next workshop scheduled for next month.

In a separate election campaign announcement, Mr Taylor says federal funding will help Narellan Sports Hub become Hume’s premier sports precinct.

“Great news that Camden Council’s masterplan for Stage 2 of the Narellan Sports Hub is now complete,’’ he said.

“More design work will be under way in coming months on a huge new athletics facility, an extended international rugby league field, a new cycling and walking track and 1,000 car parking spaces.

“There will also be 14 new netball courts, in addition to the 30 already here, which I was delighted to talk about at the gala parade to kick off the Camden district netball season for 2019 (above).

 “These will be incredible facilities, attracting some outstanding competitors and events for the region. It’s another great investment in the Camden community and in our local sportsmen and women.”

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