Congestion busting program

5 August 2014

Roads Minister Duncan Gay today announced work has finished under the governments $246 million Pinch Point Program to unblock another bottleneck in Western Sydney

Mr Gay today visited the M4 westbound off ramp and Russell Street intersection at Leonay where a $2 million pinch point project was completed.

"This is a government investing in improvements that will deliver immediate benefits to the motorists of Sydney, like the Pinch Point Program while at the same time investing in major infrastructure such as WestConnex," Mr Gay said.

“The off ramp at Russell Street was identified as a pinch point with westbound vehicles exiting the M4 queuing back onto the motorway often blocking through lanes and increasing the risk of a high speed crash.

“The NSW Government allocated $2 million from the $246 million pinch point program to upgrade this intersection and make it safer and ease traffic congestion.

“Work started earlier in the year to install metered traffic lights at the southbound approach to the roundabout on Russell Street.

“A queue detector was also installed on the M4 off ramp to activate the traffic lights and allow a free flow of vehicles from the M4 off ramp through the roundabout

“A new 90 metre left turn lane on the roundabout approach was also built.

"The Liberals & Nationals Government allocated $43 million in 2014/15 to continue addressing Sydney’s congestion.

“The pinch point program is about making key roads like James Ruse Drive, Parramatta Road and, in this case, the M4 Motorway safer and to reduce delays for Western Sydney motorists.

“Since March 2011, more than 200 pinch point projects including 70 upgrades to sections of road have been completed.

“A further nine pinch point projects are planned to start this year and 20 more are in development.

"In the past financial year, 12 pinch point projects were completed and projects will start this year in Glenfield, Strathfield, Milperra, Villawood, Carlingford and Revesby.

"These projects are just part of our immediate traffic busting measures including the Sydney Clearways Strategy and our Motorcycle Response Team," Mr Gay said.

Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney and Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said this was an important milestone.

“This is yet another reminder this government is determined to improve the infrastructure, reduce delays, manage congestion and maintain travel times on Western Sydney’s main roads, particularly during week day peak periods.

"I look forward to another pinch point project being completed in Western Sydney - the Roper Road intersection at Mulgoa will be completed in the coming weeks,” Mr Ayres said.

MEDIA: Emma Higginson 0467 743 192

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