Reducing road congestion

Monday 25 March 2013

Reducing road congestion - another pinch point upgrade complete

Upgrades have been completed on a key road interchange in Western Sydney as part of a Sydney-wide program to reduce travel times for motorists and improve safety, NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Barry O’Farrell said today.

Mr O’Farrell said the upgrade of the Cumberland Highway at the M4/Old Prospect Road/Great Western Highway interchange was part of the NSW Government’s successful $125 million pinch point program.

“No one likes being stuck in traffic – the pinch point program is all about undertaking those relatively minor works to get traffic flowing,” Mr O’Farrell said.

“These Cumberland Highway works will make the intersection function better, reducing queuing and congestion which is not only frustrating, but can be a crash risk.

“We are funding a further 11 pinch point improvements this year and getting on with the job of delivering major infrastructure projects for Western Sydney like WestConnex, the North West and South West Rail Links, and significant road upgrades like Richmond Road and Camden Valley Way.”

As part of the upgrade of the Cumberland Highway at the M4/Old Prospect Road/Great Western Highway interchange, RMS has:

  • Converted the Cumberland Highway southbound left turn lane into Great Western Highway to a through lane;
  • Constructed a dedicated southbound lane on the Cumberland Highway that starts north of the Great Western Highway to access the right turn bays for the M4 westbound onramp;
  • Reconstructed the southbound left turn slip lane from Cumberland Highway into Great Western Highway;
  • Extended the southbound right turn lane.from Cumberland Highway to Great Western Highway by 125 metres;
  • Extended the westbound right turn bay from Great Western Highway to Cumberland Highway by 165 metres;
  • Provided a new shared path between Great Western Highway and M4 Motorway; and
  • Replaced two zebra crossings with safer signalised pedestrian crossings.

More information on the Pinch Point Program is available at www.rms.nsw.gov.au

MEDIA: Cameron Hamilton or Mark Tobin 9228 5239

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Reducing road congestion - another pinch point upgrade complete 

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