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It’s time to have your say on Speers Point bottleneck

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“Congestion around Speers Point roundabout has been a source of frustration for the Lake Macquarie community for many years.”

And, Independent MP Greg Piper isn’t wrong with that statement.

In fact, it’s the bane of every motorist’s existence in that area.

Now, they’ll get a chance to have their say.

Consultation is about to begin on Labor’s election commitment to deliver a bottleneck-busting $11 million upgrade of the Speers Point roundabout and road network.

The Speers Point roundabout looking north onto TC Frith Avenue.

As part of the NSW Government’s plans to build better communities across the state, the proposed upgrade will cut travel times while improving safety and reducing congestion in north-west Lake Macquarie.

With this region expected to be home to 12,000 more residents and 6,000 extra jobs over the next 20 years, it’s vital to fix the issue as soon as possible.

A key focus of the proposal will be changing traffic movements on Five Islands Road, restricting movements into and out of Creek Reserve Road as well as providing a dedicated left turn lane on TC Frith Avenue.

The upgrade also seeks to improve walking and cycling connections, as well as public transport facilities, to help support more sustainable modes of transport.

“During peak periods, traffic can often bank back for several kilometres along TC Frith Avenue and this is happening seven days of the week,” said Mr Piper, the Lake Macquarie MP.

“Progress on this long-awaited project will be a welcome relief to residents who lose valuable hours travelling on these roads daily.

“I encourage all residents to take this opportunity to review Transport for NSW’s (TfNSW) plans and to provide feedback into the design options proposed.”

TfNSW is also considering several additional improvements, including the potential installation of traffic lights at the intersection of TC Frith Avenue and Seventh Street, which would involve extending the two lanes in each direction on TC Frith Avenue from The Esplanade to north of Seventh Street.

As the project’s public feedback period kicks off, TfNSW staff and contractors will be on site over the coming weeks to undertake traffic data collection and identify utilities, geotechnical and environmental constraints, that will help shape design of the final upgrade.

“After 12 years of neglect in the Hunter, the NSW Government is delivering for local communities including Lake Macquarie with this much-needed upgrade at Speers Point,” Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Jenny Aitchison said.

“With $3.5 billion worth of infrastructure projects underway across the Hunter, our communities will benefit from more reliable travel times and safety improvements while also meeting the future needs of our Hunter communities.”

Labor spokesperson for Lake Macquarie Emily Suvaal MLC agreed.

“Everyone locally knows the Speers Point roundabout at the intersection of Five Islands Road, TC Frith Avenue and The Esplanade is a local bottleneck,” she said.

“So, it’s great to see work progressing to deliver this much-needed upgrade.

“We took a commitment to the election to boost funding for this infamous roundabout… and it is wonderful to see this work starting.

“Across the state, the NSW Government is investing in projects like this to set communities up for the future by reducing congestion and improving safety on our roads.”

Community members can provide feedback on the initial proposed upgrade options by visiting https://www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/speers-point and making a submission between 30 May and 23 June.

After that period ends, a report responding to residents’ views will be published.

Further detailed upgrade design work will be carried out after taking into account community feedback.

Timing for construction is not yet confirmed and would be dependent on planning approvals.

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