A Sea Cliff Bridge for trains could solve the capacity constraints on the South Coast line, Heathcote MP Lee Evans told parliament.
“My preferred option would be to build a bridge similar to the Sea Cliff Bridge which allows trains to travel freely in the construction period and which simply joins up to the existing line on completion,” Mr Evans said in parliament on Tuesday night.
“This would also make the Illawarra line a tourist attraction with views that would take one's breath away.”
It’s not the first time Mr Evans has floated the idea of a rail bridge.
In 2014 he claimed the project had been included in its forward estimates – which was incorrect.
In parliament on Tuesday Mr Evans was continuing his push for action on South Coast rail upgrades.
Mr Evans complained about Illawarra residents driving to southern Sydney to access a more regular train service.
“Why are there so many people travelling into the electorate of Heathcote from as far south as far as Kiama Downs and Shellharbour?” Mr Evans asked.
“This has burdened my railway stations with thousands more motorists each day seeking parking to access more connections and more frequent services to the city from stations like Helensburgh, Waterfall, Heathcote, Engadine, Loftus and Sutherland.”
He said he felt sorry for those people “who drive like maniacs” to get to a station in southern Sydney then rush to find parking and catch a train.
Rather than building more car parks he said the solution was to improve the South Coast line, which would remove the need for Illawarra drivers to travel “extraordinary distances” to Sydney in order to catch a train.
“We need to take a bipartisan approach to removing the two rail pinch points in my electorate at Stanwell Park and Coalcliff by making it four tracks all the way to Thirroul,” the Heathcote MP said.