Community invited to learn more about the Great Western Highway upgrade


3 December 2019

A public meeting has been scheduled to provide the community with information about the proposed Great Western Highway upgrade between Katoomba and Lithgow, and how route options will be developed through Blackheath.

Transport for NSW Western Director Alistair Lunn said it is great to see the community actively involved in the project and providing feedback on potential route options to help co-design an upgraded highway.

"We are still in the very early stages of investigating options through Blackheath and community feedback is critically important in shaping the final plans for the upgrade," Mr Lunn said.

"Since community consultation started last month, feedback has included issues raised about potential environmental impacts, potential impacts to properties along the proposed route, and investigations into upgrades to alternative routes and transport options through the mountains. Feedback is invited until Monday 16 December."

Mr Lunn said to ensure the community of Blackheath understands the plans proposed for investigating options through Blackheath, Transport for NSW will host a public meeting in Blackheath - in addition to the planned drop-in sessions - where the largest number of submissions has been received.

"The session has been planned with a later start to ensure the best attendance by interested community members," Mr Lunn said.

The public meeting will be held at Phillips Hall on Gardiner Crescent in Blackheath on Tuesday 10 December from 6pm, with doors to open at 5pm.

Transport for NSW Director Western Region Alistair Lunn will provide the community with all of the available information about the current stage of the planning process and what the next steps will be for public consultation with the community to develop route options through Blackheath.

"We will ensure all feedback submitted by community members or anyone interested in the project is carefully considered and the community's voice is actively incorporated in to the project."

A community information session will also be held at Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre tomorrow, 4 December, from 5pm to 7pm. This is a drop-in session and the community is invited to attend at any point to speak with project team members.

For more information and to have your say visit the Great Western Highway upgrade from Katoomba to Lithgow website.