At last, a plan to cut Byron jam

REDUCED traffic congestion in Byron Bay moved a step closer, with Byron Shire Council endorsing a second rail crossing and a request for State Gov- ernment financial support at its meeting yesterday.

Council endorsed a mini-bypass connecting Butler St with the intersection of Jonson St and Marvell St by creating a second rail crossing south of the railway platform

Council will now seek funding support from Ballina State MP and Minister for Local Government, Don Page.

Mayor Jan Barham said the commitment has come about in response to Mr Page requesting council to endorse a position on Byron Bay's road options.

She said the endorsement would allow the minister to seek government financial support for the project.

"The second rail crossing is a key infrastructure project that needs State Government assistance in order to deliver a community outcome," she said.

"Community consultation, completed at the end of 2011, clearly told us the community was very frustrated with the traffic congestion in Byron Bay and the delivery of a second rail crossing is part of the solution.



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