Western Sydney's infrastructure plan accelerated

5 NOVEMBER 2015

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson today announced western Sydney’s billion dollar infrastructure developments are progressing well with both the northern section of The Northern Road Stage 3 which includes an upgraded interchange at the M4 Motorway and The Northern Road Stage 4 projects being accelerated by up to 18 months.

The Roads and Maritime spokesperson said the Australian and NSW governments were driving the transformational road plans for the region with four major projects worth more than $1.5 billion to be tendered in the next 12 to 18 months.

“We’re running the biggest road construction boom in the history of NSW and making a multi-billion dollar transport transformation by widening roads, building new infrastructure, upgrading intersections and building shared paths,” the spokesperson said.

“Western Sydney is growing rapidly with an expected population increase of almost one million additional residents within the next 15 years.

“With 47 per cent of Sydney’s residents, 36 per cent of Sydney’s jobs and one third of Sydney’s gross regional product, we’re delivering the vital infrastructure needed to support western Sydney’s growing population and developing a new western Sydney airport.

“We’re making western Sydney an even better place to live and work with hundreds of jobs already created and this number is expected to increase to more than 200,000 in western Sydney alone when work is completed.”

The Roads and Maritime spokesperson said the mandate to deliver the massive and growing program of major road infrastructure improvements on time and on budget is clear.

“By accelerating both the northern section of The Northern Road Stage 3 and The Northern Road Stage 4 projects by 12 to 18 months Roads and Maritime is delivering this once in a generation opportunity and has joined up packages and targeted project sizes which align with underused sections of the industry to get better value for money,” the spokesperson said.

“We’ve also modified our procurement approach to reduce the burden on industry by streamlining processes and reducing red tape.

“Roads and Maritime will continue to work with industry to improve the procurement process to successfully deliver the incoming wave of infrastructure projects, to meet our commitments to the people of NSW and to ensure we enable safe, efficient and reliable journeys.”

Media: ROADS AND MARITIME SERVICES MEDIA UNIT 8588 5999 or media@rms.nsw.gov.au

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