The upgrading of the Great Western Highway through the Blue Mountains is progressing slowly.
As most people are aware this highway runs parallel to the railway line for most of the way and both emerge on the other side of the mountains at Lithgow. The daily sight of hundreds of heavy trucks roaring through the supposedly quiet villages in the mountains is not only annoying and noisy it is also dangerous. SURELY a better way would be for the freight carried on these trucks to be placed on rail and offloaded onto trucks at an interchange near Lithgow.
The upgrade of the highway currently only extends as far as Katoomba. there does not appear to be any concrete plans or timetable for the section from Katoomba through Medlow Bath, Blackheath and Mt Victoria and onto Lithgow. How much longer are we going to see hundreds of trucks daily toiling through the main shopping centre of Blackheath with the result noise and pollution.