Sydney Clearways Strategy

The NSW Government is acting to reduce congestion and delays on Sydney’s roads by installing new and extended clearways.

In December 2013, the NSW Government published the Sydney Clearways Strategy which identified routes on Sydney’s road network that could benefit from new clearways.

$21 million was committed to the implementation of the strategy as part of the $246 million Pinch Point Program.

In November 2014, the NSW Government committed a further $100 million to the implementation of the strategy bringing to total value of the clearways program to $121 million. Read the media release for more information.

Roads and Maritime Services is delivering the clearways program. Since 2013, we have installed over 25 clearways totalling more than 100 kilometres on some of Sydney’s busiest corridors.

Read or download the Sydney Clearways Strategy for more information.

Updates and announcements

Roads and Maritime Services is installing new clearways on the Cumberland Highway, from Old Windsor Road, Constitution Hill to the Hume Highway, Liverpool, to operate from:

  • 6am to 7pm from Monday to Friday
  • 8am to 8pm on weekends.

The installation of new signs and posts will be completed from Wednesday 23 November to Sunday 11 December 2016, weather permitting. Our working hours will be from 9pm to 5am.

The newly installed clearways will be in place from Monday 12 December 2016. Any vehicles parked in the clearways on or after this date would risk being fined and towed.

For more information, please see the Cumberland Highway – Constitution Hill to Liverpool web page.

Clearways under consideration

Recently installed clearways

What's next?

We are continuing to investigate roads as identified in the Sydney Clearways Strategy that would benefit from new and extended clearways.

What is a clearway?

A clearway is a section of road where stopping or parking is prohibited. The only vehicles excluded from these restrictions are public buses and taxis which are permitted to stop when dropping off or collecting passengers.

Preliminary investigations show that clearways can help manage congestion in many areas of Sydney by allowing motorists to use all traffic lanes.

Clearways can be 24 hour, peak times only, at weekdays, weekends or anything in between.

How do clearways improve congestion?

Clearways help manage congestion on many Sydney roads where the road is close to capacity and parking disrupts the flow of traffic

When vehicles are parked in the kerbside lane, fewer lanes are available to traffic and road users are also forced to merge from the kerbside lane which can create significant delays and queues.

By removing the parking, an additional lane is available for road users which helps traffic flow and manage congestion.

Clearways also allow us to tow vehicles that are stopped illegally or broken down.

This ensures all lanes are available to traffic when they are needed most.

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