A designated $1,388 million has been allocated in the NSW Budget for Picton bypass planning – but as yet no final figure or timeline as to when the road will be built.
The funding has been welcomed by Wollondilly Independent MP, Judith Hannan who has been lobbying for the bypass since she was mayor of Wollondilly and now as a parliamentarian – it was an election commitment.
Mrs Hannan welcomed the designated funding which is a step in the right direction towards getting the road shovel ready.
Speaking from Parliament House, she said the announcement is a win for the residents of Picton and Wollondilly as a whole.
“The Picton bypass is more than a political football for the residents of Picton, who have seen government after government fail to follow through on promises that this essential piece of infrastructure be built.
“The inclusion of $1.388 million that has been allocated for Picton Bypass planning is a small step and I look forward to the full costings and timeframe for the finalised option now being worked on by the government,” Mrs Hannan said.
She said the inclusion of the planning of the bypass “means that it won’t be renounced in future years”.
“I thank the Minister for Roads John Graham, Minister for Transport Jo Haylen, Minister for Regional Roads Jenny Aitchinson and Premier Chris Minns for recognising that this project needs to start now – if not yesterday.”