Documents show need to finish Maldon-Dombarton line, Labor MPs say

Member for Keira Ryan Park and Cunningham MP Sharon Bird have again called for progress on the stalled Maldon-Dombarton rail link. Picture: Sylvia Liber
Member for Keira Ryan Park and Cunningham MP Sharon Bird have again called for progress on the stalled Maldon-Dombarton rail link. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Illawarra Labor MPs say solutions to South Coast Line congestion, outlined in a newly-released NSW government report, won’t come as a surprise to commuters. 

The documents, revealed by Fairfax Media, have reignited the Opposition’s push to have the stalled Maldon-Dombarton rail line completed. 

“If you untangle freight and passenger movements you get a much better outcome,” Cunningham MP Sharon Bird said, adding South Coast Line delays often related to freight movements.

“To see this put in a document … just leaves me with the question about why they [the NSW government] are so completely wedded to new toll roads.”

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Keira MP Ryan Park called for bipartisan action and investment “sooner rather than later”.

“We don’t need any more leaked reports, we’re not about politicising this,” Mr Park said. 

“The time for excuses on completing the Maldon-Dombarton rail line has been exposed as absolutely hollow.”

This month marks 10 years since ‘The Great Freight Task’ report  was tabled. 

The report canvassed, for the first time, the potential of the Maldon-Dombarton line

The 35km freight link was mothballed by the Greiner Liberal government in 1988.