Next major road upgrade stages announced for Western Sydney
14 July 2015
The Australian and NSW governments today announced four major road projects in Western Sydney are racing ahead, with proposed plans for upgrades and a new motorway now on public display.
The proposed plans include route options and study areas for The Northern Road Stages Three and Four, the new M12 Motorway to Badgerys Creek airport site and The Northern Road and Bringelly Road Interchange.
Federal and state members encouraged their local communities to get involved, and take advantage of a new interactive website to step through the plans and determine what it means to them.
Federal Member for Lindsay Fiona Scott said: “The Federal Government is serious about freeing up Western Sydney’s congested roads.”
“Western Sydney is undergoing an innovation revolution. The $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Package is the catalyst to link our business parks, existing and future. This infrastructure and these parks will create the jobs and opportunities of tomorrow.
“The infrastructure plan is one of a kind; it will completely transform Western Sydney by creating new transport corridors to help connect local communities. It means less time spent in cars and more time at home with families,” Ms Scott said.
Federal Member for MacArthur Russell Matheson said: “The Australian Government is committed to supporting Western Sydney’s long term economic growth and ensuring the road infrastructure is delivered first and the airport second.
“We are funding the majority of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan because we want to create jobs and upgrade the transport corridors in preparation for the airport’s opening,” Mr Matheson said.
“Six community information sessions will provide the local community with an opportunity to drop in and have a say and receive detailed explanations around every project in the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan.”
Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said: “Around 1 million of the 1.6 million people forecast to call Sydney home in the next 20 years will live in Western Sydney.”
“We’ve already made significant headway on key projects including Bringelly Road and Werrington Arterial Road, and now we’re taking the next step to help get more projects shovel ready.
“One of the most exciting projects is the 14 kilometre, M12 Motorway between The Northern Road and M7 Motorway. The M12 will be up to six lanes and provide direct access from the M7 and M4 to the future airport site as well as improve access to the growing South West Growth Centre and the Western Sydney Employment Area.”
Member for Camden Chris Patterson said: “The Northern Road in particular will form a critical transport link in the South West Growth Centre, and will generally be upgraded from two lane to four lane divided road along a stretch of 35 kilometres.”
“The Northern Road Stages One and Two are soon to be under construction and we want the community to provide feedback on the early design of Stage Three from Luddenham to Penrith and view the four route options for Stage Four from Bringelly to Luddenham.
“We also want to hear from the community on the preferred plan for The Northern Road and Bringelly Road Interchange, which will feature an overpass to separate traffic and is designed to significantly improve traffic flow and safety.”
Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said: “To help the community engage with the proposed plans, we’ve launched an interactive website which includes detailed videos and step through route options.”
“In particular, for projects at design stage like the Northern Road Stage Three, the community can determine what it means to access the upgraded roads direct from their driveway.” Ms Davies said. The community is invited to provide feedback to Roads and Maritime Services, with public display open until Friday 14 August.
For further information visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/wsip or call the toll free project hotline on 1800 703 457.
For Ms Scott: Ian Dodd (02) 4731 3700
For Mr Matheson: William Roberts 0431 318 893
For Mr Ayres: Elizabeth Drysdale (02) 4722 8660
For Ms Davies: (02) 9833 2913
For Mr Patterson: (02) 4655 3333
View the original media release