In yesterday’s budget announcement it was revealed that $8 million dollars has been allocated for the commencement of Gunnedah’s Second Rail Overpass. This is a significant achievement, and an important moment in time given that Gunnedah Shire Council, along with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and Transport for New South Wales have been in consultation with the RMS since 2012.
Although the project has been committed to for some time, the budget allocation ensures the project is now expected to commence in 2018. The Second Rail Overpass will seek to improve road safety, reduce impacts of the increasing use of rail networks within the Shire and meet future transport requirements for the Gunnedah and wider region.
Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey and General Manager, Mr Eric Groth attended a briefing meeting with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Officials on Wednesday morning that outlined an intention to call for tenders in early 2018 with an expected commencement date of July 2018. From award of the tender, the project is expected to take two years, with no changes to the previous budget.
“I wish to congratulate and thank Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson and Minister for Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, MP Melinda Pavey on their efforts in ensuring that this project has been funded as a priority by the State Government so that the Gunnedah community, and indeed the whole region will be able to enjoy the benefits of the development,” Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.
“In the two year construction phase, there will be many opportunities for local business. We’re expecting a considerable boost to the local economy during that time- not only for contracting businesses, but also for retail and hospitality” he continued.
“We look forward to the commencement of the project and the many benefits this will bring to our community. Our community has told us that livability is high on their list of priorities, and this project will inevitably assist in ensuring Gunnedah, even with increasing population and transport needs, is more liveable into the future” Mayor Chaffey concluded.
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