Labor is quiet about the funding future of the Albion Park Rail Bypass

It is unclear whether Labor would fund the Albion Park Rail Bypass if it won the next election. Picture: Adam McLean
It is unclear whether Labor would fund the Albion Park Rail Bypass if it won the next election. Picture: Adam McLean

Shellharbour MP Anna Watson has stopped short of promising Labor will fund the Albion Park Rail Bypass.

This is despite regularly criticising the government for supposed delays in building the bypass.

When asked if Labor would provide funding for the Albion Park Rail Bypass if it won the next state election, Ms Watson’s response was somewhat guarded.

“NSW Labor’s policies and commitments will be revealed closer to the 2019 election,” Ms Watson said.

“As you are aware, this project is one of my key priorities and I’ve been campaigning for its construction since I was first elected, back in 2011.

“I will continue to fight to ensure this project is funded and constructed for as long as it takes.”

The bypass received planning approval last month and Roads and Maritime Services has said construction is on track to start in early 2019.

The government has also put out tenders for the design and construction of the bypass, and the new sporting facilities in the Croom Regional Sporting Complex.

Despite this, in NSW Parliament this week, the Shellharbour MP claimed the pace of the Albion Park Rail Bypass project was “quickly becoming a symbol of an incompetent, arrogant and out-of-touch government”.

“With a little over 12 months to go until the next state election, this project exemplifies a Premier who is out of touch, a Minister who is incompetent and a local member who is more interested in seeking a promotion or a new job in Canberra than getting on with the job of delivering for our local community,” Ms Watson said.

The member also raised concerns about whether the Yallah Interchange – which will give Dapto residents southbound access to the bypass – will be constructed at the same time.

“The only thing that the Government's bypass will actually bypass will be the good people of Dapto and West Dapto – suburbs that will have an extra 20,000 homes and 55,000 people over the coming decades,” she said.

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