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Documents that have been submitted by BAG, Replies and other important Research Reports
 

Key Documents on the Current Katoomba to Lithgow Proposal
 

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1. BAG Update Monday 25 November 2019
2. Letter from the former NSW Deputy Premier prohibiting trucks in excess of 19 meters throught the Blue Mountains

3. RMS Publicity flyer

4. Experts Infrastructure and Logistics review

5. NSW Freight and Ports Plan 2018-2023

6. "Green Light for $2.5 billion Great Western Highway Duplication" 

7. NSW Govt GWHighway Upgrade Program Overview & Strategic Corridor
FAQS November 2019

8. RDA Central West Freight Study 2014 

 
1. BLACKHEATH HIGHWAY ACTION GROUP (BAG) UPDATE 
– MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2019

 

Katoomba to Lithgow – Proposed Great Western Highway Duplication (‘the project’) 

 

THE FACTS we know so far …
  • Estimated total project cost - $4.5 billion

  • Funding announced - $2.5 billion

  • Construction timeframe - to be completed by 2029

 

“Ultimately, this will bring the road up to the standard of other major highways, like the upgraded Pacific and Hume highways, and separate highway traffic from local traffic.” 

 

To be constructed to Performance Based Standard Vehicles up to30m (B-double standard), signed posted speed 80km in upper Blue Mountains and 100km in Hartley Valley.

 

RMS admitted no up-to-date traffic study done but 

The population in the Central West region is expected to grow by around eight per cent over the next 20 years, with the total number of vehicles travelling along the highway west of Katoomba expected to increase by at least 1.5 per cent each year,” 

Mr Toole said.

 

Despite the RMS insisting the community respond by Monday 16 December 2019, essential survey work, technical studies and environmental assessments still need to be undertaken.  And the strategic business case not completed.

 

 

Summary of the project per RMS4

Section Katoomba to Medlow Bath

Alignment/Corridor Existing

Planning complete? No

Funded Yes, part of $2.5 billion

Construction timeframe Start by March 2023

Property Acquisition No

 

Section Medlow Bath

Alignment/Corridor Existing

Planning complete? No

Funded Yes, part of $2.5 billion

Construction timeframe Start by March 2023

Property Acquisition Not at this stage

Notes 5 lanes on existing alignment between railway line and Hydro Majestic, 60km speed zone

 

Section Medlow Bath to Blackheath

Alignment/Corridor Existing

Planning complete? No

Funded Yes, part of $2.5 billion

Construction timeframe Start by March 2023

Property Acquisition No

 

Section Mount Boyce Weighbridge to Soldiers Pinch

Alignment/Corridor Existing

Planning complete? No

Funded Yes, part of $2.5 billion

Construction timeframe Start by March 2023

Property Acquisition Unsure

 

Section Hartley Valley (Lolly Shop) to South Bowenfels

Alignment/Corridor New

Planning complete? Yes

Funded Yes, part of $2.5 billion

Construction timeframe Start by March 2023

Property Acquisition Yes, already started

 

Section Mount Victoria bypass, Soldiers Pinch to Hartley Valley (Lolly Shop)

Alignment/Corridor New

Planning complete? Yes

Funded No, but estimated to cost in excess of $1 billion not including connection to Darling Causeway

Construction timeframe Completed by November 2029

Property Acquisition Yes, already started

 

Section Blackheath

Alignment/Corridor New

Planning complete? No

Funded No,

Construction timeframe Completed by November 2029

Property Acquisition Possible

 

BAG Response

 

This project is being driven by the need to open up the Great Western Highway to Performance Based Standard Vehicles up to30m (B-double standard).  There is a current ban on B-doubles larger than 19m on the Great Western Highway across the Blue Mountains.

 

However where is the consideration of freight on rail as an alternative?  

 

Transport for NSW has not provided any data to compare the safety and efficiency of rail freight verse road transport on the Blue Mountains corridor.  There has been no cost benefit analysis of the proposed investment by the State Government into this project to support the road transport industry compared to making similar investments on the Blue Mountains line to improve rail freight efficiency.

 

According to the NRMA “the Great Western Highway link between Sydney and the Blue Mountains unsuitable for B-double upgrading”.

 

The proposed duplication claims to reduce travel time between Lithgow and Katoomba by 10 minutes.  However the Proposed 10 minute time ‘saving’ is lost when more traffic lights are added to deal with safety, e.g. Peninsula Road, Tablelands Road, and Lithgow Hospital.

 

Further, serious safety concerns about road transport continue.  There has been “an increase in fatalities and serious injuries involving heavy vehicles since 2017.”  “Heavy trucks were the ‘key vehicle’ in 39% of fatal crashes in 2015 to 2017 and 59% of serious injury crashes from 2014/15 to 2016/17” according to the NSW Freight and Ports Plan 2018.

 

In 2012/13 road transport accounted for around 85% of greenhouse gas emissions arising from transport within NSW.

 

Further, by 2033 there will need to be another route across the Blue Mountains because the traffic and congestion on the highway in the lower Blue Mountains, coupled with the increased number of trucks, and increased traffic from the new Western Sydney airport.

 

 

 

At the Blackheath town meeting on Thursday 21 November 2019 BAG was unanimously endorsed to:

 

  • “lock in a broad alliance to develop a ‘climate smart’ transport infrastructure plan across the Blue Mountains. 
    This plan will -

  • safely deal with the movement of freight to Sydney and ports;

  • improve road safety and rail access for residents and visitors;

  • protect local communities and environments;

  • and support the NSW Central West.


  • “fight for residents and businesses impacted by possible RMS compulsory property acquisition.

 

Our Priorities

  • Seek extension to current 16 December 2019 deadline for submissions to RMS on the project 

  • Force the State Government to remove the Western side Blackheath from the strategic corridor area 

  • Get supporters to email and phone politicians (MP, see below)​

2. Letter from the former NSW Deputy Premier prohibiting trucks in excess of 19 meters throught the Blue Mountains

Letter from Andrew Stoner MP (22-2-11) 

– Letter from former NSW deputy Premier Andrew Stoner (then leader of NSW Nationals and Shadow Minister for Roads) in support of reviewing the proposed highway upgrades west of Katoomba and prohibiting B Double trucks in excess of 19 metres through the Blue Mountains.

3. RMS Publicity flyer
Transport NSW Great Western Highway Upgrade Program November 2019

4. Experts Infrastructure and Logistics review

Independent Review of Great Western Highway Upgrades West of Katoomba – Evans and Peck, January 2012 (4.2 MB)

5. NSW Freight and Ports Plan 2018-2023

6. "Green Light for $2.5 billion Great Western Highway Duplication"

7. NSW Govt GWHighway Upgrade Program Overview & Strategic Corridor
FAQS November 2019

8. RDA Central West Freight Study 2014

 
PREVIOUSLY
BAG / Community Submissions
 

Blackheath Community Joint Submission to RMS March 2017 -Supplementary Blackheath Joint Community Submission for Katoomba to Mount Victoria Safety Upgrade of Great Western Highway dated 1 March 2017
 

BAG SUBMISSION TO RMS March 2016 – BAG Submission In Response to RMS Safety Upgrade of Great Western Highway
 

Supplementary Community Submission to RMS June 2014 – Supplementary joint community submission to Great Western Highway safety improvement project (Katoomba – Mt Victoria) lodged 16 June 2014
 

Blackheath Community Submission to RMS March 2013 – joint community submission to Great Western Highway safety improvement project (Katoomba – Mt Victoria) lodged 12 March 2013
 

BAG submission to NSW long term transport masterplan Oct 2012   (105 Kb)
 

2011 NSW election Blue Mountains transport platform 3 Feb 2010
 

BAG RTA Leichardt St Submission 6 June 2009
 

BAG sub to Christie inquiry Oct 2009


 

Letters To BAG / Blackheath Alliance
 

Letter from Andrew Stoner MP (22-2-11) 

– Letter from former NSW deputy Premier Andrew Stoner (then leader of NSW Nationals and Shadow Minister for Roads) in support of reviewing the proposed highway upgrades west of Katoomba and prohibiting B Double trucks in excess of 19 metres through the Blue Mountains.


 

Government Proposals / Reviews / Surveys/ Updates
 

Transport for NSW statement on GWH Upgrade Through Blackheath  21 November 2019: 

191121 Great Western Highway upgrade through Blackheath
 

RMS Update on GWH Safety Upgrade December 2018: 

RMS 1811 K2MV NOTIFICATION nightwork utilities relocation


 

RMS Construction Plans for GWH Safety Upgrade November 2018:
 

GWH_Blackheath_Plans_Nov2018_Section_1 Brightlands Avenue and Sutton Park entrance.
 

GWH_Blackheath_Plans_Nov2018_Section_2  between Hargraves Street and Jellicoe Street (Hill 33).
 

GWH_Blackheath_Plans_Nov2018_ Section_3 Prince George Street and Abbott Street.
 

GWH_Blackheath_Plans_Nov2018_Section_4 Govetts Leap Road and Gardner Crescent.
 

GWH_Blackheath_Plans_Nov2018_4a Govetts Leap Road intersection detail.
 

GWH_Blackheath_Plans_Nov2018_Section_5 Hat Hill Road and Sturt Street.

RMS proposal for Katoomba to Mount Victoria Safety Upgrade -February 2016
 

2015-speed-camera-review – Annual NSW Speed Camera Performance Review, Transport NSW
 

TOPS-2012-2-Report – Transport Opinion Survey, Sydney University 2012
 

GWH RFP RTA final gwh_safety_review_rta_2010 – Great Western Highway Safety Review – NSW Centre for Road Safety, October 2010


 

In the Media
 

2012 Jul 19 Lithgow Mercury GWH accident
 

2012 Jul 19 Lithgow Mercury GWH upgrade
 

2012 July 21 BAG PR 3_12
 

2012 July 22 BAG PR 04_12
 

2012 Aug 8 BMG
 

2012 Sept 10 AFR – Bigger Trucks
 

2012 July 13 Supply Chain Review – B-triples, mass limits will demonstrate reform commitment
 

2012 Sept 11 AFR – B Triples part 1
 

2012 Sept 11 AFR – B Triples part 2
 

2012 Sept 11 AFR – B Triples part 3
 

Community Road safety Fund passes Upper House 18-9-12
 

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