Railway crossing feedback sought

THE chance for the community to provide feedback on the Garfield Road railway level crossing at Riverstone has ended, with data ready to be assessed by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

The Riverstone railway crossing will be permanently closed once a suitable option to divert traffic has been identified by RMS, which will study the types of vehicles and traffic movements through the area.

Riverstone MP Kevin Conolly said residents had made it clear they wanted the heavy traffic from the existing industrial area and from new developments directed around the town, not through its heart.

"The option proposed by Blacktown councillor Walter Smith to use Victoria Street would, if it proves viable, allow for a new crossing and arterial road without displacing valuable existing businesses and local jobs," Mr Conolly said.

"These sorts of impacts are the downside of the Loftus Street option which had been suggested in the past."

Mr Conolly said a northern route would better accommodate the town's needs and has urged Roads Minister Duncan Gay to consider a northern option in the review.

"If the arterial traffic can be diverted around the town there may still be a need for a local traffic solution once the level crossing is removed," he said.

The analysis of public feedback from the consultation process will be published next month and a preferred option identified by year's end.

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