For Andy Nicholson, carving Royal National Park for F6 extension is madness

Long haul: Andy Nicholson, pictured after his regular commute at Thirroul train station, says an upgraded rail link to Sydney is smarter than cutting a road through the Royal National Park. Picture: Adam McLean
Long haul: Andy Nicholson, pictured after his regular commute at Thirroul train station, says an upgraded rail link to Sydney is smarter than cutting a road through the Royal National Park. Picture: Adam McLean

For Andy Nicholson, living in Bulli and having a job in Sydney means a five-hour commute between home and workplace.

This is not unique; in fact the trip for many Wollongong commuters is even longer.

The 41-year-old has a high-tech job in electrical engineering and while he doesn’t need to go to his workplace in Lindfield every day, when he does it takes a toll.

For him the idea of cutting through the Royal National Park to extend the F6 for motorists makes no sense when the train trip is so much longer than it should be – for tens of thousands of people.

“The NSW government ought to invest in public transport solutions, using modern technology with a minimal ecological footprint,” he said.

“That means trains and buses, not a motorway bulldozed through a national park.”

He predicted an “almighty” stoush if the national park plan proceeds. “Royal National is a special place and the Government will have an almighty fight on its hands if it decides to carve it up,” Mr Nicholson said.