Monthly Chronicle - - Council Amalgamation - AN­THONY BREW­STER

Re­cently, the Min­is­ter for Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture Andrew Con­stance, Mem­ber for Hornsby Matt Kean and the Hornsby Shire Mayor, Steve Rus­sell met at Hornsby train sta­tion for an an­nounce­ment on two ma­jor trans­port projects in Hornsby.

The first of which is the widely re­ported ad­di­tional 230 com­muter car park­ing spa­ces at Hornsby train sta­tion. The ex­tra spa­ces will be lo­cated in the Ge­orge Street car park with six of those des­ig­nated ac­ces­si­ble next to the sta­tion.

The other pro­ject, the track re­con­fig­u­ra­tion net­work, which is also planned at Hornsby junc­tion so as to al­low the T1 North Shore a greater ca­pac­ity and a greater re­li­a­bil­ity of ser­vices for passengers.

“These two projects are a prime ex­am­ple of a Gov­ern­ment who un­der­stands lo­cal needs and stops at noth­ing to de­liver im­prove­ments that will make a real dif­fer­ence for cus­tomers,” Min­is­ter Con­stance said.

How­ever, the Min­is­ter was tight lipped on the cost, say­ing he was re­luc­tant to talk de­tails of that as­pect of the pro­ject. Fur­ther de­tails on the pro­ject, for ex­am­ple, where the ex­ist­ing 370 com­muter spa­ces will go dur­ing the 23 month con­struc­tion phase, have also been dif­fi­cult to ob­tain.

At time of print­ing, there is still no spec­i­fied site for the 370 ex­ist­ing spa­ces. In a sub­se­quent state­ment, a Trans­port for NSW spokesper­son said, “Dur­ing con­struc­tion there will be a staged clo­sure of the ex­ist­ing com­muter car park to en­sure work is un­der­taken safely. Trans­port for NSW is work­ing closely with Hornsby Shire Coun­cil, Syd­ney Trains and other stake­hold­ers to pro­vide al­ter­na­tive park­ing as close to the sta­tion as pos­si­ble dur­ing the con­struc­tion pe­riod.”

That con­struc­tion pe­riod is ex­pected to take at least 23 months in to­tal with the full clo­sure of the carpark for at least 15 months.

Upon fur­ther anal­y­sis of this phased clo­sure of the car park and the con­struc­tion phase of the pro­ject, The Monthly Chron­i­cle has found the re­con­struc­tion of the car park co­in­cides with the Hornsby Quarry Road Con­struc­tion Spoil Man­age­ment Pro­ject where 1.5 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of soil from the NorthCon­nex tun­nels will used to fill the Hornsby quarry.

The un­for­tu­nate tim­ing of the two projects is fur­ther ex­ac­er­bated by the fact the trucks used to fill the quarry will also be travers­ing Ge­orge Street where the new car park con­struc­tion and ex­ca­va­tion is tak­ing place.

In a Review of En­vi­ron­men­tal Fac­tors for the car park pro­ject, the cu­mu­la­tive traf­fic vol­ume was as­sessed as 1.1 to 1.6 per cent of ex­ist­ing traf­fic vol­umes. In a fur­ther state­ment from Trans­port for NSW, said there will be an ad­di­tional traf­fic man­age­ment plan im­ple­mented for the pro­ject.

“A de­tailed Con­struc­tion Traf­fic Man­age­ment Plan will be pre­pared in con­sul­ta­tion with RMS and Hornsby Shire Coun­cil to min­imise im­pacts on the com­mu­nity. Ac­cess for con­struc­tion ve­hi­cles will be pri­mar­ily via the ex­ist­ing com­muter car park en­trance off Ge­orge Street.”

The Min­is­ter ac­knowl­edged on the day that there will be some pain in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­ject be­fore com­muters and res­i­dents re­alise the ben­e­fits of the pro­ject.

The site of the new park­ing com­plex at Hornsby Sta­tion ad­ja­cent to Ge­orge Street Photo: An­thony Brew­ster Source: Google maps

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