Appin Road safety improvement work

The Australian Government is funding this work as part of a $50 million project to improve safety on Appin Road.

Appin Road, Appin, facing north

Updates and announcements

Safety improvement work

Roads and Maritime Services will carry out safety improvement work along Appin Road, starting at Brian Road and continuing for about six kilometres north.

Our activities will include:

  • installing tactile road markings
  • improving sign posting and road markings
  • grinding tree stumps
  • investigation work such as surveying.

We will also be trimming trees to improve visibility where possible for road users.

This work will tie into the Lendlease upgrade supporting the Mount Gilead housing development.

For more information, please view or download the April 2018 project notification (PDF, 365Kb).

Background

Appin Road is a busy state road which caters to thousands of vehicles each day, including many trucks carrying freight between the Wollongong coast and Sydney's south-western suburbs.

The road extends across three Local Government Areas including Campbelltown City Council, Wollondilly Shire Council and Wollongong City Council.

Appin Road is predominantly one lane in each direction, with some two lane sections providing overtaking opportunities.

The proposed work involves a targeted package of road safety improvements to almost five kilometres of Appin Road north of Brian Road, Appin. The safety improvement work will be complemented by Lendlease’s proposed widening and upgrade of Appin Road between Mount Gilead and Rosemeadow to support the NSW Government’s Greater Macarthur Growth Area.

Benefits

The benefits of the Appin Road safety improvement work include:

  • improved safety
  • improved traffic efficiency and increased road capacity to support future housing
  • safe and efficient travel to employment opportunities and leisure activities in western Sydney.

Appin Road koalas

Appin Road will be progressively upgraded between Rosemeadow and Appin. Environmental assessments for the Appin Road upgrades will investigate koala protection measures including installing barrier fences to guide koalas away from Appin Road, reducing the number of koalas (and other fauna) being struck by vehicles. 

Other measures being investigated include:

  • where possible, avoiding vegetation clearing, particularly koala habitat along Appin Road
  • engaging an ecologist to undertake targeted inspections of work areas, including any vegetation to be removed, before and during construction.

These measures will be investigated and developed in consultation with the community and relevant stakeholders. We will ensure local residents are kept up to date and informed as the project progresses.

Next steps

The project will be developed and delivered over a five year period with initial road safety improvements to be completed mid-2018.

We will continue to keep the project updated as the project progresses.

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