Re: Announcement of full interchange for Putty Road in Singleton bypass of New England Highway
I am thrilled by Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s announcement today that the design for the Singleton bypass of the New England Highway will include a full interchange at Putty Road and John Street.
I also thank the Opposition Leader, Jodi McKay for recognising this important issue and committing to a full interchange as part of Labor’s policy.
The Putty Road interchange has been a major concern for our community to ensure the vitality of our Town Centre, making it easy for all motorists to exit onto John Street from any direction and quickly and easily get on their way again.
As we well know, the bypass has long been on Singleton’s wish list and while it’s wonderful to have the funding for the project, it’s just as important to make sure we get the best outcome for our community and the wider Hunter Region with a design that’s going to serve motorists now, and for decades to come.
I have made it a vital part of my role as Mayor to advocate for the needs of our community by taking a strategic approach to presenting the issues that matter most to the people of Singleton to the decision-makers in Macquarie Street and Canberra. Today’s announcement is another significant outcome from the strength of that approach, most notably through the Singleton Advocacy Agenda and the relationships I have formed with our members of Parliament on all sides of politics.
I particularly thank Mr Barilaro for the number of conversations we have had on this and a number of other issues, and acknowledge his work in delivering for Singleton when he says so, most notably through the delivery of reforms to the Resources For Regions program last year.
I look forward to seeing the start of construction of the much-anticipated bypass project soon, and to all motorists in the Hunter and beyond benefiting from the improvements in safety and efficiency that it will bring.
Cr Sue Moore
Mayor of Singleton