Carlingford - Pennant Hills Road and Marsden Road – Pinch Point Program

Roads and Maritime is upgrading the intersection of Pennant Hills Roads and Marsden Road to reduce congestion and improve safety for road users.

The NSW Government is funding this $4.4 million project as part of its $246 million Pinch Point Program, which aims to reduce traffic delays, manage congestion and improve travel times on Sydney's major roads particularly during weekday peak periods.

Updates and announcements

In November and December 2015, we sought feedback on a proposal to work up to five nights a week between January and April 2016. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to consider our proposal. We received four responses from the community, one in support of the proposal, two neutral and one against the night work. We have considered all feedback and have decided to proceed with the work schedule.

Work will continue Mondays to Fridays from 7am to 6pm and Saturdays from 8am to 1pm. There will also be 25 shifts of night work between Friday 20 May and late July. Our night working hours will be from 8pm to 5am. Night work will not be carried out on Saturdays or public holidays.

Work completed so far includes the building of a retaining wall, removing vegetation, relocating utilities and installing drains and asphalt.

Roads and Maritime will continue to keep the community updated as the project progresses.

View or download the May 2016 Project Update (PDF, 237Kb).

Project background

Pennant Hills Road and Marsden Road, Carlingford are important urban arterial roads connecting Victoria Road and Cumberland Highway to the south and the Pacific Highway and M2 Motorway to the north. Pennant Hills Road provides the primary access through the Parramatta, Hills and Hornsby local government areas.

During the morning peak period, northbound vehicles on Pennant Hills Road turning right into Marsden Road and Carlingford Road queue out of the right turn lane, blocking through lanes and increasing the risk of crashes.

Vehicles turning right from Marsden Road into Pennant Hills Road block the left turn slip lane, causing long queues and delays on Marsden Road at all times of the day.

Key features

The key features of the proposal include:

  • Extending the two right turn lanes from Pennant Hills Road northbound into Marsden Road
  • Extending the two right turn lanes from Pennant Hills Road northbound into Carlingford Road
  • Providing a new dedicated left turn lane from Marsden Road westbound onto Pennant Hills Road
  • Providing a new southbound bus lane on Pennant Hills Road, south of Marsden Road
  • Realigning the southbound lanes on Pennant Hills Road.

What happens next?

Roads and Maritime will continue to deliver this important project until the end of April 2016. The next stages of work will include:

  • Building kerbs, gutters and footpaths
  • Building concrete medians
  • Installing asphalt, signage and line marking
  • Doing landscaping.

Community involvement

Roads and Maritime Services invited the community and stakeholders to provide feedback on the preliminary design between February and March 2014.

We received feedback from 20 people and organisations. After considering feedback, Roads and Maritime decided to proceed with the proposal.

The Consultation Report summarises the comments received and our responses.

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