Pinch Point Programs

The NSW Government has committed over $825 million to fixing pinch points across Sydney’s road network. Our Pinch Point Programs aim to reduce traffic delays, manage congestion and improve travel times on Sydney's major roads, particularly during weekday peak periods.

Pinch Point Programs

What is a pinch point?

Pinch points are traffic congestion points, intersections or short lengths of road at which a traffic bottleneck exists slowing down the broader network. They cause a build up of traffic and travel delays at these spots and on the wider road network.

Projects to help ease congestion at pinch points include:

  • Widening small sections of road or intersection
  • Lengthening turn bays
  • Adding extra turn bays or turning lanes
  • Replacing heavily used roundabouts with traffic signals
  • Installing closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and electronic message signs (VMS) to help manage traffic and provide real-time traffic information to motorists to help them make informed travel decisions.

All three of our Pinch Point Programs aim to:

  • Improve the operational efficiency of Sydney's road transport network
  • Improve traffic flow and maximise use of road space
  • Help ease traffic congestion and improve the consistency of travel times for motorists, particularly during peak hours
  • Result in the better management of responses to incidents and planned events
  • Improve access of information to motorists while they are travelling on our road network
  • Roads and Maritime Services has completed the original five year, $100 million Pinch Point Program, which ran from July 2007 to June 2012, and aimed towards improving traffic flows on 23 of Sydney's busiest road corridors.
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