North West Growth Centre: Have your say on proposed road improvements
7 November 2014
Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads Ray Williams and Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly are encouraging the community to give feedback to a strategy outlining proposed road crossings of the Richmond railway line needed to support development in the North West Growth Centre.
Mr Williams said feedback the strategy includes short, medium and long term improvements to the road network to increase capacity and connectivity.
“The NSW Government is committed to improving roads in Sydney’s developing north west to increase capacity and improve safety through suburbs such as Riverstone, Marsden Park, Schofields and Box Hill,” Mr Williams said. “We expect the population of the North West Growth Centre to increase to around 200,000 residents in the next two decades.
“Investigations have identified the need for five grade separated crossings of the Richmond railway line in the growth centre north of Quakers Hill Parkway. “These proposed crossings are at Bandon Road, Garfield Road, Schofields Road, Westminster Street and Townson/Burdekin Road, which aim to cater for increased traffic volumes as development in the growth centre increases. “The strategy will allow the existing level crossings to be removed progressively.
Mr Conolly said the strategy identified that the road network upgrades would be implemented in three stages.
“In the short term a road connection between Garfield Road West and Westminster Street bridge is proposed to provide an alternate route for local traffic to the Garfield Road level crossing,” Mr Conolly said. “The completion of the Schofields Road upgrade between Richmond Road and Windsor Road will provide an additional east west link and further relieve traffic congestion in the Riverstone town centre.
“In the medium term an underpass would be developed at Bandon Road to provide an alternative route for heavy vehicles and support additional population and employment growth in the North West Growth Centre.”
In the longer term, Blacktown Council would proceed with a grade-separated crossing at Townson/Burdekin Road and Roads and Maritime would build a new crossing at Garfield Road when NWGC development reaches 75 per cent.
Mr Williams said this financial year $1 million had been provided to continue planning improvements including the Garfield Road corridor between Windsor and Richmond roads.
“Stage one of the $65 million Schofields Road upgrade opened in June this year, the $135 million stage two upgrade is progressing well and stage three is in detailed design,” Mr Williams said.
Mr Conolly said there would be four community information sessions on the broader strategy.
“Hard copies are also in place at Blacktown City Council, 62 Flushcombe Road at Blacktown and at Vinegar Hill Memorial Library, 9 Main Street at Rouse Hill until February next year,” Mr Conolly said.
Community information sessions will be held on Saturday 15 November from 11am to 2pm at the Riverstone Neighbourhood Centre, on Tuesday 18 November from 5pm to 8pm at Vineyard Church, Thursday 20 November from 5pm to 8pm at Marsden Park Public School and on Saturday 22 November from 9am to 12pm at the Rouse Hill Town Centre.
“Community information is also available online at www.rms.nsw.gov.au and in hard copy at Riverstone Library, 1st Floor, Marketown, Corner Market Street and Riverstone Parade. Written feedback is invited until February 2015 to Riverstone NWGC, Roads and Maritime Services, PO Box 973 Parramatta CBD NSW 2124 or email RiverstoneNWGC@rms.nsw.gov.au
Media Inquiries: Kevin Conolly: (02) 8883 3499
Ray Williams: (02) 8882 9555
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