NSW Labor leader Luke Foley has vowed to keep the 1951 alignment of the Castlereagh Freeway Corridor, saving homes and businesses from being bulldozed.

Last month, the Berejiklian Government announced it would realign the Bells Line of Road-Castlereagh Connection – a route that has been left vacant for a freeway for decades.

Residents with knowledge of the original plan, who purchased land and built homes away from the route, are furious.

Under the Roads Minister and Western Sydney Minister’s realigned route, homes in Sydney’s north-west including in Castlereagh, Cranebrook and Llandilo are in the firing line.

At a rally attended by more than 300 community members today, Mr Foley committed to keeping the Castlereagh Corridor in line with the plan gazetted in 1951, saving 300 properties from being levelled.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“Residents have done their due diligence and built their homes and businesses well out of the way of the proposed freeway, they don’t deserve to suddenly have their world turned upside down.

“The community has been very vocal about this plan – it’s not what they want – and Labor is listening.

“Labor will keep the 1951 Castlereagh Corridor.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Roads Minister Jodi McKay

“Once again this arrogant Government has come along with plan to rip up people’s homes with zero community consultation.

“About 300 properties could be destroyed by the Roads Minister’s and Western Sydney Minister’s realigned corridor.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister Assisting the Opposition Leader on Western Sydney and Labor Member for Londonderry Prue Car

“This sudden announcement by the Berejiklian Government has devastated the community who are fighting back.

“Residents were told without warning and without consultation that their homes would be bulldozed.”