EPPING - CHATSWOOD ROADS HEADED FOR CARMAGEDDON

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Labor leader Luke Foley has called on the Berejiklian Government to reveal how it’s going to cope with the traffic chaos that will result from the closure of the Epping to Chatswood Rail line.

The line will be closed later this year as part of the construction of the Sydney Metro Northwest.

Mr Foley was speaking at the Epping station with the Mayor of Ryde City Council Jerome Laxale.

Mr Foley said the government has only said the line will close later in the year but has remained silent on how long it will close and how businesses in the area and commuters are expected to cope with the closure.

The area serviced by the train line contains Sydney’s second-busiest business precinct at Macquarie Park, Macquarie University, a large shopping centre complex and large businesses including Optus.

Mr. Foley said there has been media speculation that the close down could be for as long as seven month.

That would create horror conditions on the key roads for an area used by 65,000 road and rail commuters every day.

The government has admitted that thousands of extra bus services are needed to cope with the lack of trains.

Yet the extra facilities, such as road upgrades and extra bus lanes have not been built.

This has all the makings of a nightmare on the roads, yet the government refuses to explain to people in the area how it plans to cope.

Quotes attributable to Labor Leader Luke Foley

“These roads are like a car park at peak times, on any given day. This government has in what is now its traditional manner totally bungled the road project – and is desperately trying to keep it quiet.’

‘At some stage Ms Berejiklian and Mr Constance are going to have to actually clear their throats and tell the truth – when do the trains stop?

‘Business, a university, and every shop in an entire shopping mall are dependent on access- and are being left in the dark about their future.’

Quotes attributable to Mayor of Ryde Jerome Laxale

“ Many of the road projects that won’t be finished on time are critical to get the 1,000 extra bus services put on to help with the shut down in and out of Macquarie Park.’

‘There has been a total lack of appreciation for the key role this area plays in the economic life of the city – and the nightmare ahead for anyone who lives or works in this huge area.’