Transport for NSW - 2ST

Changes to Jervis Bay Road and Princes Highway intersection upgrade consultation

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Transport for NSW has canceled face-to-face community information sessions for the Jervis Bay Road and Princes Highway intersection upgrade.

This decision has been made for the safety of the community and Transport for NSW staff in response to the latest COVID-19 outbreak.

Community members are encouraged to attend the online Q&A session on Friday 2 July at 12.30 pm and can RSVP by visiting www.facebook.com/NSWRoads.

The consultation period has been extended by one week to provide more time for community feedback and will now close on Sunday 25 July.

The community is encouraged to have their say on the project’s review of environmental factors and concept design by visiting www.nswroads.work/jervisbayroad, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailing written submissions to PO Box 477 Wollongong NSW 2500.

The project team can also be contacted on 1800 570 562.

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Disqualified truck driver allegedly fails roadside drug test twice

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Officers from Mittagong Highway Patrol charge a 37 year old Tasmanian man twice in two days with serious driving offences with the assistance of Heavy Vehicle Inspectors from Transport for NSW.

The driver was first detected on the 16th March 2022 following a speed detection where it was discovered that his drivers licence was disqualified until 2030, the heavy vehicle he was driving was unregistered, not carrying his work diary and failing a road side drug test.

Two days later on the 18th March 2022 Transport for NSW Inspectors notified police that a heavy vehicle had failed to stop as directed at the Marulan Heavy Vehicle Checking Station.

Highway Patrol officers were able to intercept the heavy vehicle which stopped just south of Marulan.

The driver was subjected to a road side drug test which returned a positive indication for methamphetamine.

Officers also located a radar detector fitted to the heavy vehicle.

An inspection of the heavy vehicle found that its speed limiter had been modified to 161kph.

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An Officer arrested the driver and he was conveyed to Goulburn Police Station and underwent further testing.

He was charged with driving whilst disqualified 2nd+ Subsequent offence.

He was issued a penalty notice in relation to the radar detector and given strict bail conditions to not occupy the drivers seat of a vehicle and to be of good behaviour.

Officers from Transport for NSW took action in relation to the tampering of the speed limiter, failing to stop when directed, not keeping a work diary and the vehicle was issued a major grounded defect notice.

Further charges are pending the laboratory analysis of the drivers oral fluid sample.

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Extending Kiama Station's rail platforms

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Transport for NSW is making the platforms longer at Kiama Station to make it easier for customers to board and alight the New Intercity Fleet called 'Mariyung'.

The new 10-car trains will provide an improved level of comfort and convenience for intercity customers. 

Work being done is to improve the station for customers and staff:

  • extending both ends of Platforms 1 and 2 by about eight metres to accommodate the longer fleet of intercity trains and provide access for customers to all carriages of the train
  • relocating the platform fences, stairs and gates to the end of the newly extended platforms
  • realigning and installing new overhead wiring and signalling equipment so that the new trains can operate safely and efficiently
  • improving safety on the platforms by upgrading lighting, closed circuit television, the passenger announcement systems, tactile paving and line marking as required by the platform extension.

Other work in this area

Some work is being undertaken in this area, south of Kiama Station, to support the delivery of additional rail infrastructure. The work includes:

  • delivery of new track infrastructure:
  1. a 20 metre extension of the Kiama Siding, a low-speed section of track required for trains to turn around and travel back towards the city
  2. installation of a buffer stop for safety purposes
  • civil works such as excavation, construction of a retaining wall for the siding extension, and installation of a boundary fence
  • extension of the drivers’ walkway and additional walkway lighting
  • installation of additional signalling infrastructure.

Image: Abesty, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Jervis Bay exclusion zones during navy exercises

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Transport for NSW advises vessel operators that the Australian Defence Force will be conducting vessel trials and exercises on the waters of Jervis Bay and the adjacent waters of the Tasman Sea between Monday 16 May 2022 to Friday 27 May 2022.  

Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, a number of exclusion zones will be established on the navigable waters of Jervis Bay and the Tasman Sea between the above dates. Some exclusion zones may be mobile and may surround and move with participating vessels - in effect forming a moving ring around such vessels.

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The exclusion zones will be indicated by the presence of patrol and naval vessels on the perimeters. Vessel operators navigating near exclusion zones will be directed to keep clear.

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Vessels involved will be monitoring VHF channel 16 and broadcasting any safety related messages via this channel to waterway operators in the area.

Transport for NSW advises:

  • Persons within the vicinity of a zone must comply with any directions given by an authorised Officer in relation to the Special Event or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00).
  • No unauthorised vessels are permitted to enter the zones under any circumstances, and to do so may be an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s12(6) - Maximum Penalty $1,100.00).

For further information concerning this navigation advice, please contact the Transport for NSW information line on 13 12 36

Macquarie Pass closed due to severe weather event

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Transport for NSW says Macquarie Pass has been clsoed due to the severe weather event. 

Transport says Macquarie Pass, Illawarra Highway between Mount Murray Road and Escarpment Drive/ Yellow Rock Road, is closed in both directions.

Emergency services and Transport for NSW crews are attending, and diversions are in place - 

Light vehicles: Jamberoo Mountain Rd, Jamberoo Rd and Terry St. Allow an extra 10 minutes travel time.

Heavy vehicles: Hume Hwy, Picton Rd and the M1 Princes Mwy. Allow an additional 30 minutes travel time.

Image Credit: Transport for NSW / Live Traffic

Moss Vale Road cut again by landslips

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Landslips have again forced the closure of Moss Vale Road.

According to Transport for NSW, the incident began just before 7 oclock last night, between Bunkers Hill Road and Myra Vale Road.

Emergency crews are on scene trying to clear the roadway over Barrengarry Mountain.

Motorists advised to avoid the area and delay non-essential travel in flood-affected areas, with more roads closing due to the adverse weather.

The road closure comes just as Moss Vale Road was reopened on Friday.

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Moss Vale Road reopens

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Moss Vale Road has reopened between Fitzroy Falls and Barrengarry after being closed due to landslips on Monday evening.

Transport for NSW said "Stop/slow traffic control is in place on several sections of Moss Vale Road between Myra Vale Road and Bunkers Hill Road."

It advised many other roads remain closed, with motorists and public transport passengers still advised to avoid non-essential travel.

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Road over Barrengarry Mountain set for limited reopening

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The main road link between the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands should be restored next month after suffering extensive damage during heavy rain and landslips in March.

Transport for NSW said restricted access to Moss Vale Road over Barrengarry Mountain will be restored by the end of July, provided no further issues are discovered during the ongoing repair work.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward said he was "extremely pleased" to report the road's planned reopening.

"After having worked closely with Shoalhaven City Council, Transport for NSW and the local community, I am pleased that work is progressing and some access to Kangaroo Valley from the north-west is likely from the end of July, weather permitting," Mr Ward said.

He said there were still three major sites needing repair before access could be restored, with one including a 50-metre section where the road had completely slipped away.

More than 235 soil nails have been installed at the other two sites so far, however both sites require a lot of work to restore stability and make them suitable for traffic.

Mr Ward said work at each site had been slightly different but all involved specialist slope stabilisation contractors installing a variety of materials to strengthen the roadway.

A Transport for NSW spokesperson said crews at the site with the largest impact had dug their way down to the foundation, stabilising the face of the excavation with more than 50 soil nails, and more than 100 square metres of reinforcing mesh and concrete,.

“Work also started this week to bridge the foundation, placing more than 250 tonnes of rock fill so the road embankment can be rebuilt.” 

The spokesperson said initial field investigations, including geotechnical assessment and drilling, was completed in April.

“These investigations helped identify the extent of damage, the cause of the failure and informed the accelerated development of immediate repair options, while also collecting valuable data to inform long-term solutions,” the spokesperson said.

“Some delays were experienced early on as the ground conditions were not as expected and ongoing wet weather impacted access to the foundation, requiring crews to review and reassess their initial plan.

“While we are confident restricted access will be restored on Moss Vale Road at Barrengarry Mountain by the end of July, but are mindful further challenges could arise, particularly if we get another bout of bad weather.”

Transport for NSW will continue to keep the community informed on the progress of work on Barrengarry Mountain, including what the restricted access will be.

The shuttle bus services will remain in place until restricted access can be provided for road users.

All options for restricted access will be considered, including night closures while work continues, or single lane access under stop/slow traffic control if work permits.

"We haven't made that decision yet but everything we do is guided by safety," Mr Ward said.

"We obviously want to make sure the road is safe for everyone using it, but at this point we are confident, based on where we are at with the restoration, that we will be able to have limited traffic open by the end of July, subject to any further weather incidents that might cause grief for us as we go about trying to get this road reopened."

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Severe weather affects South Coast rail services

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Transport for NSW continues to work across Government to respond to the current severe weather event that is affecting the  Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions.

It advised commuters to avoid all non-essential travel, even on public transport, however if you do need to use the network, please plan ahead as the weather is having an impact on our services.

Train users can expect delays and potential cancellations of train and bus services across the transport network.

Trains are running again between Kiama and Bomaderry on the South Coast Line after earlier flooding, but are running at slower speeds because of safety concerns.

If you must travel:

  • allow for plenty of additional travel time
  • listen to service announcements at stations
  • check the Trip Planner or transport apps to get real-time updates
  • check livetraffic.com  for the latest road closure information and real-time traffic conditions
  • consider all your travel options
  • don't drive, ride or walk-through flood water

Shoalhaven Council agrees to Jervis Bay Road land acquisition

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Shoalhaven City Council has voted to allow the acquisition of land needed for the 125 million dollar Jervis Bay Road upgrade.

The unanimous vote followed a week of controversy and criticism when Councilors sought a meeting with Transport for NSW over public owned land needed to progress the project.

The member for Kiama Gareth Ward has vocal in his criticism and was refused entry to a confidential Council briefing last Thursday.

Minister for Regional Roads Sam Farraway had taken a swipe at Shoalhaven City Council over what he said were ,Delaying tactics to stall the Jervis Bay Road interchange project."

South Coast MP Shelly Hancock said, "It was an unnecessary delay to an important project.

Shoalhaven Councillor Paul Ell also called on Mayor Amanda Findley to, "Pick-up the phone and fast-track the acquisition process."

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Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley defended council's right to seek information about the project from Transport for NSW and said "It is an absolutely important project that everyone wants completed as soon as possible, but council has a right to request information and it will continue to ask questions of Transport for NSW when the need arises."

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South Coast heavy vehicle crackdown

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Half of the 38 heavy vehicles inspected by the Police Raptor Squad and Transport for NSW during a blitz around Nowra late last week have been written up for defects.

Police said 16 major and three minor defects were found while 15 penalty notices were issued for a number of safety and fatigue offences.

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"Multiple transport operators were targeted in the Nowra area after they were identified as being well above the state average for safety issues since 2020," Police said.

27 roadside alcohol and drug test were conducted with two drivers allegedly returning positive indications for drugs while driving.

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Police said officers and Transport for NSW inspectors will continue to monitor the identified transport operators to ensure safety and fatigue compliance.

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Southern Highlands rail line closed again update

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Transport for NSW has updated the situation on the Southern Highlands rail line.

Trains have again been shut-down Campbelltown and Moss Vale on the Southern Highlands Line after flooding on the tracks .

Buses may continue to supplement some train services.

Anyone who needs to travel is advised to allow plenty of extra travel time, listen to announcements and check information displays for service updates.

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Tough week ahead for South Coast rail users

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The South Coast train line will shutdown for maintenance this afternoon with buses to replace services between Dapto and Bomaderry until Thursday.

From 12pm today buses will replace trains between Bomaderry and Kiama while from 2pm the stretch will extend from Bomaderry to Dapto.

Buses will provide coverage over the extended section until 3am Thursday before being scaled back to services between Bomaderry and Kiama until 12pm Thursday.

Transport for NSW said buses travelling towards Dapto could leave from Bomaderry and Albion Park station's up to 40 minutes earlier than the normal train timetable.

"Most trains will run to the normal timetable between Dapto and Central or Bondi Junction," Transport for NSW said.

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