New South Wales
To whom it may concern,
After reading and viewing the exhibition for this project, I find it hard to believe that a planning department cannot plan and action a plan for the realistic traffic volumes that will travel this proposed motorway.
The M7 is 2 lanes in each direction and every day it is a parking lot for thousands of motorists. The M5 was 2 lanes in each direction and was expanded to 3 lanes in each direction and is a parking lot.
This submission has a 2 lane motorway with 2 lanes meeting an already at capacity M7 2 lane motorway. 2 + 2 = ?
This submission has the possible addition to further link ups to other roads creating more traffic load.
This submission has a set of traffic lights which does not allow for smooth traffic transition between M12 and The Northern Road. The Northern Road is under construction currently, why do we waste tax payer money and do things twice?
This submission has a multi billion dollar international airport for passengers, freight and staff to commute to. As the airport proposal only has a northern link rail line for commuters, staff and travelers from the south and south west all need to drive. Freight is all driven to the airport, fuel supplies for aircraft all needs to travel on this roadway. If there is 1 accident, 1 breakdown or 1 moment of trauma on this road, this will mean every supply chain, passenger, staff member will be delayed significantly.
The cost of adding an additional lane in the future is 4 fold of what the cost is upfront. There is far less disruption to motorists, there is no risk to construction crews working near active roadways, there is no risk of F.O.D. to aircraft that are taking off and landing.
Planning is looking to the future. Planning is making sure it will do the intended task properly and efficiently, Planning is doing things once, properly.
Western Sydney Airport is looking at supporting 28000 potential jobs, and 10 million, YES, 10 million passengers and growing in the future to approx. 86 million passengers. (Western Sydney Airport Page) These passengers have to travel to there destinations. These passengers potentially have to transfer to Sydney airport for connecting flights. Delays would cost airlines and passengers, all because of poor planning.
The area around the airport has been slated for new community hubs, commercial zones, industrial zones, a university has been mentioned in the press. A massive population influx is expected to arrive in and around this area. It has always proven to be costly and problematic to expand a piece of infrastructure after the area is settled. If the road is planned correctly, and rail links are completed to the south prior to settlement, this would be proper planning. Planning for the future, Planning for the density of population and industry requirements for the future.
The M12 MUST INCLUDE minimum 3 lanes in each direction for general traffic.
The M12 MUST INCLUDE a transit way for buses/rubber wheeled trams/public transport.
The M12 MUST INCLUDE flyovers at The Northern Road end to prevent serious traffic delays and increase traffic flow.
At a predicted motorway speed of 100k/hr, with 2 lanes, and maintaining a 3 sec gap (safe distance for speed excluding trucks 4 to 5 sec gap), this would mean 1008 cars could travel over the entire 14klm (approx.length) of this motorway. Providing that all vehicles move at this speed and there is no slow moving cars/trucks. We all know thats not possible.
Scenario- Accident closes 2 lanes city bound. Concrete barrier down the divide people stuck on motorway with nowhere to go for hours. Happy campers NOT. Contra Flow crossovers that costs millions to install on motorways that don't get used due to the inability for people to make decisions quickly and put actions in place to keep traffic at least passing an incident place.
Has a CFD traffic flow analysis been carried out including incident, slow traffic and other scenarios?
Has the M7 to M4 link section been looked at as a traffic snarl area?
Has the M7 to M5 link section been looked at as a traffic snarl area?
Has public transport links to parking stations, residential and commercial hubs been investigated?
Thankyou for taking the time to read my submission.
"A vision for the future extends past the now. Planning for the now is not planning at all."