Leeser calls for New Line Road to be widened

UPGRADE NEEDED: Berowra MP Julian Leeser wants New Line Road widened. The road struggles to cope with traffic congestion.
UPGRADE NEEDED: Berowra MP Julian Leeser wants New Line Road widened. The road struggles to cope with traffic congestion.

BEROWRA MP Julian Leeser has put pressure on the NSW government to improve New Line Road and other arterial roads.

Mr Leeser told federal parliament on Tuesday that traffic congestion is the top issue in his electorate, and said he will work with state and federal politicians to fix struggling arterial roads in his electorate.

The bad state of the major arterial roads through Dural and Cherrybrook was the reason why Hornsby Council decided to stop evaluating a proposal to build 2900 dwellings in South Dural.

“Returning to my community survey, of those respondents to the survey who highlighted roads and infrastructure as a key issue, 20 per cent mentioned the need to widen New Line Road,” Mr Leeser said in Canberra.

“In significant areas New Line Road is a single-lane road each way.

“That might have been appropriate at a time when suburbs like Cherrybrook were orchards and farms, but it is not appropriate for what has become a major artery for suburbs to the north-west of my electorate.”

Mr Leeser informed parliament he had spoken to federal Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher to see what the federal government can do to fast-track widening New Line Road.

“I will be starting a petition to get the New South Wales minister for roads (Melinda Pavey) to prioritise the widening of New Line Road and to hear the voice of my community,” Mr Leeser said.

At The Hills Council meeting on Tuesday night, mayor Yvonne Keane said the council is willing to work with Hornsby Council and the state government to fix local roads.

“An upgrade of Annangrove Road, a bypass of Round Corner and upgrading Old Northern Road and New Line Road should be seen as essential state road infrastructure to serve as an arterial for the north-west,” Cr Keane said during a mayoral minute.