Francis Street car park not so popular

Welcome to the Rooty Hill car park that is Francis Street.

Calls are growing for Roads and Maritime Services to expand the single-lane bridge over the railway line to four lanes.

An RMS spokesman said it had no plans to widen the road and didn't answer questions about estimated cost nor state if there was an alternative to relieve the congestion.

"There have been no complaints received by RMS in the past year on the section of Francis Street running over North Parade, the western railway line and Beames Avenue," he said.

But a Blacktown Council spokeswoman said its most recent representation to the RMS general manager was on February 26.

"Severe traffic congestion and extensive delays have been ongoing problems for road users for a considerable time," she said,

"At the centre of the concerns are extensive delays and traffic queuing, which mostly occur at the traffic signals at Francis Road and Sherbrooke Street, Rooty Hill, and extend over the railway bridge.

"This has been the subject of numerous representations by the council to the Roads and Maritime Service and various State Road Ministers.

"The council will continue to lobby the Roads and Maritime Services to address the peak traffic flows that are exceeding the current capacity of the overpass as a matter of urgency."

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