I am pleased to announce today that the NSW Government has started early work to widen the Gannons Road rail bridge in Caringbah, to allow widening of the road underneath.

I recently visited the site to view early works with Transport Minister Andrew Constance and Sutherland Shire Mayor Carmelo Pesce.

Gannons Road is currently a bottleneck for local traffic, with only one lane southbound.

Much of the ‘major work’ will be around the July school holidays, when the old bridge will be demolished and replaced.

Once the NSW Government completes its part of the project around August, Sutherland Shire Council is expected to start work soon afterwards on the road widening, along with a foot and cycle path.

The bridge and road upgrade will also support a new dedicated pedestrian and bicycle path as part of the Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport Link. The project connects a number of important destinations, including public transport interchanges, residential areas, schools, hospitals and retail precincts.

Last year the NSW Government upgraded the intersection of Kingsway and Gannons Road, to create a second right turn lane from Kingsway into Gannons Road heading north.