The reports that the Morrison Government will fund the Singleton Bypass in tomorrow night’s budget is welcome, said long-time advocate for the project, Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon.
However Mr Fitzgibbon said the Coalition’s support for the much-needed bypass road had come five years after the NSW state government committed $95 million to the project and construction would not begin until 2023.
“I’m pleased the Federal Government has committed to the Singleton Bypass, which is something I’ve been calling on for several years. It’s important that federal funding of regional infrastructure is made on the merits of a project, and I have argued that the Singleton Bypass has always stood-up on merit.”
“The Bypass will improve amenity and congestion within Singleton, improve the efficiency of the New England corridor for business and industry, and get our coal mining employees to work more quickly and more safely.
“If the funding for the Singleton Bypass is not within tomorrow night’s budget, it will be considered a failure by me, Singleton residents and the tens of thousands commuters who experience traffic jams every working day.”