Rozelle Interchange: Community pressure delivers results as government announces urgent changes to City West Link

Kobi Shetty MP  -  Media Release  -  04, December 2023

Pressure from the community is delivering results as the government announces plans to address the traffic chaos caused by the opening of the Rozelle Interchange.

Over the weekend, the government convened an emergency meeting and resolved to add extra lane space on City West Link in an effort to ease congestion. This comes after we saw traffic at a complete standstill on City West Link and Victoria Road last week following the opening of the Rozelle Interchange.

The government also confirmed they are investigating options to reduce bottlenecks leading onto Victoria Road that have caused significant delays for residents in Rozelle and the Balmain peninsula.

Kobi Shetty MP says:

“This is a welcome development and is a clear sign that public pressure is working. It’s good to see the government is finally taking the concerns of our community seriously.

“Last week during question time I asked the government what they were doing to fix traffic chaos on our streets after the opening of the interchange.

“Disappointingly, the Deputy Premier suggested that relief on City West Link may not come until the completion of the Western Harbour Tunnel in 2028. As for Victoria Road, she implied it could be another six months before issues resolved.

“This was clearly an unacceptable response that failed to recognise the urgency of the situation. I met with Transport for NSW and launched a petition which garnered over 2,500 signatures in just two days – calling on the government to urgently address the pinch points causing traffic gridlock.

“Our community has made it clear that waiting six months or more for action is not an option. Now, we have seen a commitment to add additional lane space on City West Link, and conversations about
fixing pinch points leading onto Victoria Road are ongoing.

“This is a step in the right direction but it’s clear more work is needed. I’ll continue applying pressure until we see all these issues resolved,” Ms Shetty says.