John Mulcair, 10 February 2016

Only a few lines about transport have been included in the proposal to the NSW Government for a $2 billion development near Kurnell.

The proposal includes about 2000 rooms and suites in two hotels and between 1400 and 2000 condominiums.

It would not be a great leap of imagination to expect that this will throw a huge increase in traffic onto the two lanes of Captain Cook Drive that extends from Elouera Road to Kurnell.

The detailed costing for the project does not include any funding for any upgrading of the already busy Captain Cook Drive: when the work might be done, where it would be done and how much it would cost.

Has transport section

However, the 102 page document does have a section on transport.

It’s all going to be hunky-dory because there will be less trucks on the road after the closing of sand mining, of a waste building materials dump and of Caltex – plus some work out the front of the huge development.

To be fair, it does say that upgrades to existing transport infrastructure, “and other works required to accommodate future urban growth will be delivered in the development of the site.”

And it does say: “Current trucks carrying sand will be replaced by traffic from the redevelopment,” which strongly suggests there will be no nett traffic advantage from the development.

In the detailed costings for the elements of the project, there appears to be no budget for any transport works outside of the development.

This what the developer has to say to the State Government about transport in its proposal – and it’s all of it:

Traffic and transport

“Changes to the function of the Caltex Oil Refinery and other heavy industries in the area will reduce heavy vehicles on the local road network.

“There has been a decrease in the level of freight distribution as a result of the changes to heavy industries on the Peninsula.

“Traffic on Captain Cook Drive is now more residential.

“With the transition of the site from its current extractive use and rehabilitation to an integrated resort, there will be changes in the character of the area and the operational capacity of the road network.

‘Upgraded as required’

“That part of Captain Cook Drive fronting the site will be upgraded as required to accommodate the different demand placed on the road network.

“Detailed traffic impact studies will be form part of the EIS. Current trucks carrying sand will be replaced by traffic from the redevelopment.

“Upgrades to existing transport infrastructure and other works required to accommodate future urban growth will be delivered in the development of the site.”

After the extra strain put on traffic and parking from Greenhills Beach, the under-construction Woolooware Bay, and coming soon Shearwater Landing, the nightmares of traffic management around Cronulla acould just be about to get worse – really worse.

Extracted in full from Cronulla News.

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