Plans progress for improvements along Princes Highway at Blakehurst
26 April 2018
Roads and Maritime Services is progressing plans to improve the Princes Highway at Blakehurst.
A spokesperson said the improvements will be delivered as part of the NSW Government’s $300 million Gateway to the South Pinch Point Program which aims to reduce congestion and improve travel times on Sydney’s key southern corridors.
“Roads and Maritime is progressing designs to remove the tidal flow arrangement on Princes Highway between James Street and south of Torrens Street at Blakehurst to improve journey reliability for motorists,” the spokesperson said.
“The existing tidal flow arrangement allows traffic in one lane of Princes Highway to travel in either direction between James Street and south of Torrens Street, depending on traffic conditions.
“The arrangement aims to improve traffic flow during the peak by changing its direction to allow for additional traffic.
“The proposed improvements would provide motorists with a permanent solution for congestion along this section of the Princes Highway by widening the road to provide an additional lane.
“More than 80,000 vehicles use this section of the Princes Highway each day so it is important to ensure traffic flow is improved for all road users.”
The spokesperson said work would include widening the Princes Highway between James Street and south of Torrens Street to accommodate the removal of the existing tidal flow arrangement to allow a free-flow of traffic, with four northbound lanes and three southbound lanes.
“New medians would also be built along the Princes Highway and traffic lights upgraded at the Torrens, Water and Bunyala streets intersections. New signalised pedestrian crossings would also be installed at these busy intersections.”
The spokesperson said access from the Princes Highway into Torrens and Church streets would also be realigned to accommodate road widening.
“The existing northbound bus stop on the Princes Highway would also be moved from south of Church Street to next to the Church Street car park,” the spokesperson said.
“Some parking would also be removed on Torrens Street and some land acquired to allow the Princes Highway to be widened.
“Existing street lights, utilities, signage and drainage would also be upgraded and relocated as part of the improvements.
“The community and motorists will be kept informed as the project progresses.”
Questions and comments on the proposed tidal flow removal can be provided to the project manager by writing to Gateway to the South Program Project Team, Roads and Maritime Services, PO Box 973, Parramatta NSW 2124, via email to G2S@rms.nsw.gov.au or by phoning 1800 572 114.
For more information about the Pinch Points Program visit rms.nsw.gov.au/pinchpoints.