$95 million Old Wallgrove Road upgrade: key to unlocking Western Sydney jobs
7 December 2014
Roads Minister Duncan Gay today announced the start of construction on a vital Western Sydney growth road, the $95 million upgrade of Old Wallgrove Road.
Mr Gay was joined to mark the start of work on the NSW Government funded project by local member for Smithfield Andrew Rohan.
“This is about ensuring long term employment in Western Sydney by attracting new employers to the region through major infrastructure that supports growth,” Mr Gay said.
“The upgrade of Old Wallgrove Road continues the great work of this government on Erskine Park Link Road, as these two growth roads literally meet.
“The creation of the $48 million Erskine Park Link Road was a key election commitment delivered ahead of time and under budget - and the two together provide key connections between existing and new employment areas.
“The NSW Government is making significant headway in creating employment and unlocking housing land in Western Sydney and we must make sure the infrastructure to support it goes in upfront and is done right.
“Upgrading Old Wallgrove Road includes widening it to two lanes in each direction between Roberts Road and Southridge Street and to three lanes in each direction between Southridge Street and the Wallgrove Road/M7 interchanges.
“We’re seeing major companies investing in this area and bringing thousands of jobs with them. More than 57,000 jobs are predicted over the next 30 years and a huge 212,000 jobs are forecast for the future.
"It's exciting times for NSW - we've got the momentum back, businesses have confidence again and we are getting this economic powerhouse working.”
Local member for Smithfield Andrew Rohan said the upgrade would not only support job prosperity but would also cut congestion for local communities.
"The upgrade will slash congestion by redirecting trucks from residential streets to the M7 and M4, meaning families will get home sooner and safer and improving quality of life in residential streets,” Mr Rohan said.
“As part of the work, a 400-metre link road will also be built connecting Quarry Road on Wallgrove Road and the northbound ramps on M7 Motorway.
“New traffic lights will be installed at intersections along with retaining walls, street lighting and improved drainage and landscaping.
“I’m excited to be here for the sod turn, which means work will now get underway with the upgrades to be progressively opened in early 2017.”
- Emma Higginson 0467 743 192 (Minister Gay)
- 02 9756 4766 (Mr Rohan)