Ballina MP Don Page with Shadow Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian at the planned second rail crossing at Byron Bay.
Ballina MP Don Page with Shadow Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian at the planned second rail crossing at Byron Bay.

State Opposition backs second Bay rail crossing

Shadow State Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian and Ballina MP Don Page have thrown their support behind a second rail crossing at Byron Bay to help relieve traffic congestion in the town.

Inspecting the site last Thursday with Ms Berejiklian, Mr Page said the continuing refusal of the State
Government to allow a second crossing was condemning Byron Bay residents to ‘unacceptable traffic congestion both now and in the future’.

He said a recent study by consultants OPUS had recommended a second rail crossing that linked Butler Street to Marvell Street using the emergency rail crossing and a new roundabout at the Jonson and Marvell Streets intersection.

A Coalition government would allow the second crossing to ease traffic congestion caused by all traffic having to go through the Jonson and Lawson Streets roundabout, he said.

Mr Page said the OPUS recommendation was sensible, inexpensive and easily implemented.

He said the State Government should follow the Coalition’s lead and approve the second crossing straight away.

Mr Page said he had written to Transport Minister, David Campbell, pointing out the findings of the OPUS study and requesting the Government allow the second crossing.

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