Coffs Coast bypass already on map

IT’S come as a huge surprise to everyone who thought they were in the know but apparently, the Coffs Harbour bypass route is a done deal.

Newly updated GPS maps clearly show the exact path of the highway diversion despite public consultation time being in its infancy.

Exactly who has given the green light for modern technology devices to publish the route – and the ramifications of doing so – has stunned local powerbrokers.

“The public has always believed the RTA consultation process on the Pacific Highway was nothing more than a horse and pony show.

"Now we know the public was right,” said the Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker.

Ardent roads campaigner Andrew Fraser, State Member for Coffs Harbour, was gobsmacked by the revelation.

“Once again it shows how the RTA operates,” Mr Fraser said.

“It appears any consultation takes place behind close doors.

“All studies have not yet been completed, to my knowledge. Yet they are all to happy to pass on this information to third party commercial organisations.”

Concerned property owners whose land lies in the path of the RTA’s preferred route have been alarmed that the road is already plotted suggesting the plan is a great deal more advanced than previously thought.

Recently updated Garmin GPS system maps show the existing Pacific Highway entrance into Coffs Harbour along with the proposed dual carriageway diversion at Englands Road. The same route appears on the recent update of the popular online mapping tool.

Business owners off Isles Drive, which will be intersected by the road, say the Coffs Harbour bypass is “no longer a case of if, but when.”

The RTA already reportedly owns several commercial blocks surrounding the corner of Isles Drive and Englands Road.

It was also confirmed yesterday that negotiations are well underway with several major commerical land owners south-west of Coffs Harbour.

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