Macquarie Park Bus Priority and Capacity Improvements

Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services will improve the road network in Macquarie Park as part of the Bus Priority Infrastructure Program, which aims to increase the reliability and efficiency of bus services, while easing congestion for all road users.

Updates and announcements

Stage 1 work to start on 15 January 2018

Roads and Maritime Services will start work on Stage 1 of the project from Monday 15 January 2018. This stage will be completed prior to the Epping to Chatswood Rail upgrade in late 2018.

Stage 1 work will include adjustments to lanes, medians, traffic islands, traffic lights, footpaths, drainage, utilities and road pavements. These upgrades will take place at:

  1. the intersection of Herring Road and Epping Road
  2. Herring Road (between Waterloo Road and Epping Road)
  3. the intersection of Waterloo Road and Herring Road
  4. Waterloo Road (between Herring Road and entry to Macquarie Centre)
  5. the intersection of Waterloo Road and Lane Cove Road
  6. Lane Cove Road (between Waterloo Road and Epping Road)
  7. the intersection of Lane Cove Road and Epping Road
  8. Lane Cove Road (between Lorna Avenue and Allengrove Crescent)

Project background

Macquarie Park is a rapidly growing residential, commercial and shopping district, needing long-term bus and road improvements to support the area’s future growth. We are carrying out road and intersection upgrades to improve the reliability and efficiency of bus services, while easing congestion and improving traffic flow for all road users in the area.

This project will be delivered as part of the Bus Priority Infrastructure Program.

We will do the work in two stages:

Stage 1

As part of the Sydney Metro Northwest, the Epping to Chatswood rail line is scheduled to temporarily close from late 2018 for about seven months. During this period, the Temporary Transport Plan will be implemented to replace the rail line with additional buses. Road and intersection upgrades will support the running of buses and improve traffic flow in the area. These will be constructed from early 2018 and will be completed in time for the Temporary Transport Plan bus service.

Stage 2

Once the Epping to Chatswood rail line reopens in mid 2019, the remainder of the road and intersection upgrades would be carried out. This work would provide long-term improvements and ongoing support for two key corridors set out in Sydney’s Bus Future – Parramatta to Macquarie Park via Carlingford and Epping, and Hurstville to Macquarie Park via Burwood. The work will also benefit other bus services operating in the area and provide important upgrades to the road network to reduce congestion and improve access for all road users.

Key benefits

  • faster, efficient and more reliable travel times through the Macquarie Park area for buses and all road users
  • improved road network capacity and support for existing traffic movements including growth of traffic within and around Macquarie Park into the future
  • improved pedestrian safety and access with new and improved crossing facilities
  • short-term support for the additional buses needed for the temporary closure of the Epping to Chatswood rail line
  • long-term ongoing benefits for key bus corridors and local bus services through improved and upgraded bus priority infrastructure.

Key features

Key features of the project include:

  • upgrading the intersection of Herring Road and Epping Road
  • upgrading the roundabout at Herring Road and Ivanhoe Place to a traffic light intersection
  • adjusting the median along Herring Road, between Ivanhoe Place and Waterloo Road to provide continuous kerbside bus lanes in both directions
  • upgrading the intersection of Herring Road and Waterloo Road
  • widening Waterloo Road between Cottonwood Crescent and Lane Cove Road to provide continuous kerbside bus lanes in both directions
  • upgrading the roundabout intersection of Byfield Street and Waterloo Road to a traffic light intersection
  • upgrading the roundabout intersection of Khartoum Road and Waterloo Road to a traffic light intersection
  • upgrading the intersection of Waterloo Road and Lane Cove Road
  • extending the existing kerbside southbound bus lane on Lane Cove Road, between Waterloo Road and Epping Road
  • upgrading the intersection of Lane Cove Road and Epping Road
  • extending the right turn lane northbound on Lane Cove Road onto Epping Road eastbound, between Allengrove Crescent and Lorna Avenue.

To complete this work we will need to remove about 150 trees. We will work with Ryde City Council to identify opportunities to plant replacement trees in the local area.

There will also be some permanent loss of parking on Waterloo Road, Herring Road and Byfield Street.

For more information, please view or download the October 2017 project update.

What happens next?

We will provide more details about how we will do the Stage 1 work in early 2018.

We will continue to liaise with the community throughout the project.

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