Appin Road

Appin Road is a major arterial road connecting South Western Sydney to the Illawarra. It passes through the town of Appin, and the Wollongong, Wollondilly and Campbelltown Local Government Areas.

Appin Way

Updates and announcements

Eastern curves realignment

The NSW government has allocated $6.35 million in funding to improve safety at two key crash clusters along Appin Road.

In January 2016 work started to realign two curves with high crash rates approximately 2km northwest of Loddon Bridge.

Work is being carried out Monday to Friday between 7am and 5pm and has had limited impact on road traffic to date. A large amount of the construction is taking place off road. On some occasions the speed limit will be reduced to 40km/h to ensure the safety of workers and motorists.

The project is progressing as planned and is expected to be completed by early 2017, weather permitting. This will provide a new, modern and safe piece of road at the site of a number of tragic fatal crashes.

West Cliff Colliery Road junction improvements

There were a number of safety improvements identified for the junction of Appin Road and the West Cliff Colliery access road including:

  • Intelligent warning signs to advise motorists using Appin Road when a heavy vehicle is exiting the side road were installed in June 2016
  • Resurfacing to provide enhanced skid resistance due to be completed by late 2016
  • Investigating the feasibility of installing additional street lighting to increase visibility at the intersection.

Project background

Appin Road is a main road which provides a key link for motorists travelling from the Illawarra to Campbelltown. It is used for the transportation of freight from the coast at Port Kembla to south western Sydney via the town of Appin and passes through the Wollongong, Wollondilly and Campbelltown Local government Areas. It is sometimes used as an alternative route to Picton Road and has an average use of over 10,000 vehicles per day.

Appin Road safety review

In December 2012, the Minster for Roads and Ports, Duncan Gay, made a commitment to a safety review of Appin Road. This was completed in 2014 by Roads and Maritime Services and NSW Centre for Road Safety working with the NSW Police.

The review examined Appin Road from Kellerman Drive, Rosemeadow, to the Princes Highway at Bulli Tops. It examined crash history, roadside hazards, road surface condition, road signs and speed zones to identify potential safety improvements to Appin Road and made recommendations for the development and prioritisation of a program of works.

To obtain a copy of the review, please see the Centre for Road Safety website or download the Appin Road Safety Review directly.

Previous work

Roads and Maritime has implemented a number of safety works along Appin Road both before and as a result of the Safety Review. Since 2011 this work has included:

  • Resurfacing of the southern section of Appin Road
  • Resurfacing of a section of Appin Road from Illawarra Street to Wilton Road
  • Assessing the use of mobile food and beverage vendors in rest areas to encourage drivers to take a break
  • Removal of 24 trees considered high risk due to their close proximity to the road between 1.65km south of Copperfield Drive and 3.3km north of Rixon Road to reduce the number of roadside hazards
  • Reduction of the 100 km/h speed zone to 90 km/h south of Appin, following a review of the speed zones conducted in consultation with NSW Police, Wollongong City Council, Wollondilly Shire Council and other stakeholders.

As well as the work above, Roads and Maritime has made safety improvements at various places along Appin Road by

  • Upgrading curve alignment markers
  • Installing additional curve warning and speed advisory signs, including electronic vehicle activated signs to warn motorists of curves ahead
  • Installing roadside safety barrier
  • Adjusting line marking, including making changes to some intersections
  • Installing advance intersection signs
  • Replacing missing guide posts and raised reflective road markers.
Work is progressing on the realignment of two curves on Appin Road
Work is progressing on the realignment of two curves on Appin Road
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