With roads around Campbelltown already clogged and expected to get worse in the next 20 years, Sydney Business Chamber is campaigning to upgrade infrastructure.
Plans to upgrade Badgally Road in Campbelltown have been stalled for too long, according to the Sydney Business Chamber, which partnered with the NRMA, Campbelltown City Council and Western Sydney University earlier this month to campaign for the upgrade of the road.
“There is currently no direct road connection between the regional city of Campbelltown and the South West Growth Centre,” said David Borger, Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber.
“Badgally Road is essential to making these two centres work and without this key artery both of these centres will struggle to accommodate rapid population growth expected to double over the next 20 years.
“The current volume of traffic along Badgally Road is 12,000 vehicles per day and this is expected to reach 28,000 by 2036.
“What was once a five minute drive can now take up to 30 minutes.
“A Badgally Road overpass, to improve the connection of the Campbelltown CBD with the South West Growth should also be progressed as a priority.”
Improved road access is expected to have a number of benefits, including increasing activity in the Campbelltown CBD, vital for attracting more jobs to South Western Sydney, and improving access to Western Sydney University’s Campbelltown campus.
Mayor of Campbelltown, Councillor Paul Hawker said the council would work with government and business to improve traffic conditions.
“We have to look at how the Badgally Road overpass can be funded,” he said. “We need to capitalise on a New Cities Deal for Campbelltown under the Federal Government’s Smart Cities Plan announced last week, as well as through the State Government, possibly under a regional funding program.”