GUNNEDAH OVERPASS WILL PROCEED
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson and Minister for Roads, Freight and Maritime Duncan Gay have today reaffirmed that the Gunnedah second road over Rail Bridge will progress as planned.
Minister Gay and Mr Anderson met with Gunnedah Shire Council and high level Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) staff today to discuss the project and reaffirm the NSW Government’s commitment to deliver the best outcome for the community.
“Today was a very good meeting and we are only going to get the best outcome for the community by working closely with Gunnedah Council,” Minister Gay said.
“We agree that continuing to go ahead with building the road over rail bridge is the best option and we are working hand in hand with Council to deliver this project for the best value for money.
“We will establish a committee with RMS and Council representatives to ensure the Gunnedah Community is kept well informed on the project.”
Mr Anderson said RMS have justified the cost of the project and today was about understanding how we move forward to deliver the best outcome for the community.
“The benefits of the overpass won’t just be felt by people within Gunnedah, delivering on our promise will fix the missing link in our important freight networks. When we keep freight moving we keep our economy moving which is why this project plays a vital role for the state.
“Make no mistake; we are committed to this project. We have had some unexpected additions to the overpass which have caused delays and there is no denying that, but we are now in a position to push forward and deliver the overpass like we said we would.
“The Minister and I will work closely with Gunnedah Council to personally see that the overpass goes ahead and we will again meet with Gunnedah Council in the New Year to ensure this project is being delivered in line with community expectations,” Mr Anderson concluded.