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Unlocking Campbelltown’s Civic Heart

Release Date: 3/05/2016
The Sydney Business Chamber says plans to upgrade Badgally Road have been stalled for too long, and without an upgrade the 300,000 people who will live there in the next 25 years will be gridlocked. 
In partnership with the NRMA, Campbelltown City Council and Western Sydney University, the Sydney Business Chamber is today announcing a partnership to campaign for the upgrade of Badgally Road.
David Borger, Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber says, “There is currently no direct road connection between the regional city of Campbelltown and the South West Growth Centre.
“Badgally Road is essential to making these two centres work and without this key artery both of these centres will struggle to accommodate rapid population growth expected to double over the next 20 years
“The current volume of traffic along Badgally Road is 12,000 vehicles per day and this is expected to reach 28,000 by 2036.
“What was once a 5 minute drive can now take up to 30 minutes.
“A Badgally Road overpass, to improve the connection of the Campbelltown CBD with the South West Growth should also be progressed as a priority.
“A new bridge will increase economic activity in the CBD which is absolutely critical if we are going to reduce the jobs deficit in South Western Sydney
Western Sydney University Vice Chancellor Barney Glover said, “Our Campbelltown campus is a key focus for medical and health related disciplines. Access is critical if we are to maximise the Universities benefit to the region.
Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr Paul Hawker said that accessibility and connectivity challenges need to be addressed now.
“We need to work closely with government and business to achieve much needed and upgraded connections, with Badgally Road being one of the most vital,” Cr Hawker said. “As a Regional City Centre, we need to have that strategic connectivity to other centres in western Sydney for the benefit of our local people.
“Now we have to look at how the Badgally Road overpass can be funded. We need to capitalise on a New Cities Deal for Campbelltown under the Federal Government’s Smart Cities Plan announced last week, as well as through the State Government, possibly under a regional funding program.”
Kyle Loades, President of NRMA said “Our latest research shows more than 90% of businesses in Sydney’s West faced worse traffic over the past year. Western Sydney is being strangled by congestion and the region's incredible potential won't be reached unless we can get Western Sydney out of gridlock.
Media contact: David Borger 0408 239 262 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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