Airport East Precinct

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading roads east of Sydney Airport and removing the General Holmes Drive rail level crossing by constructing a road underpass. This will improve the movement of rail freight facilities to and from Port Botany, and improve traffic flow and access to the airport and Port Botany.

Artist's impression of the new Wentworth Avenue extension.

Updates and announcements

Early work to start on Airport East upgrade

Following a competitive tendering process, Roads and Maritime Services has contracted John Holland to deliver the Airport East project. Major work on the project is scheduled to start in early 2017, and is expected to take about two years to complete.
From Monday 16 January 2017 we will start preparing for major work to start on the project. This work will include:

  • Investigation work to confirm the location of existing utilities
  • Installing temporary traffic barriers on Botany Road, General Holmes Drive and Joyce Drive
  • Adjustments to linemarking and traffic signals
  • Trimming vegetation and removing trees in the project area
  • Establishing two site compounds at:
    • Ascot Lodge, between Botany Road and General Holmes Drive
    • Corner of Wentworth Avenue, Botany Road and Beresford Street

Normal construction hours for the project will be from 7am to 6pm, Mondays to Fridays and 8am to 1pm Saturdays, excluding public holidays.
Early work and setting up the site compounds will take about five weeks to complete.

Night work

In line with the project's Review of Environmental Factors, we will carry out work at night throughout major construction on this project. Night work is necessary on this project due to the traffic conditions in the area, and the limitations of working next to the Sydney Airport East West runway. Night work will be carried out from 9pm until 5am, excluding Saturdays, weather permitting.

A weekly schedule of upcoming work, including night work, will be available online and emailed to the project stakeholder list. If you would like to receive the weekly schedule, please email the project team at comms.airporteast@jhg.com.au.

Members of the project team will be in the area in coming weeks to talk to the community about the project. If you would like more information about the upcoming work, contact the project team.

Sydney Airport precinct road upgrades

A Sydney Airport Precinct update was published in December 2016. The update outlines the progress of the Sydney Airport road upgrades being delivered by Roads and Maritime Services, and outlines some of the congestion busting measures already in place.

View or download the December 2016 Sydney Airport Precinct update (PDF, 200Kb).

View the Sydney Airport precinct projects video.

Key features

Key features and benefits of the project are:

  • Replacing the General Holmes Drive rail level crossing with a road underpass that links General Holmes Drive, Botany Road and Wentworth Avenue to improve the movement of rail freight and improve access to the Airport, Mascot and the eastern suburbs
  • Improving the Mill Pond Road intersections with General Holmes Drive and Botany Road to support future growth and access to the Airport
  • Widening Joyce Drive and General Holmes Drive between O'Riordan Street and Mill Pond Road to three lanes in each direction to improve traffic flow around the Airport and to Port Botany
  • Creating a new shared path to link to the existing cycle way on Wentworth Avenue to improve connections for pedestrians and cyclists, at Todd Reserve on Wentworth Avenue
  • Retaining the northbound bus stop on Botany Road close to the existing location to meet community needs.

3D animation

View the Airport East video:

Review of Environmental Factors

In early 2015 we prepared a Review of Environmental Factors to identify, assess, reduce and manage the potential impacts of the project.

View or download a copy of the Review of Environmental Factors.

The Review of Environmental Factors for this proposal was displayed for community comment in February and March 2015.

We received feedback from 11 people and organisations. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to consider our proposal and provide feedback.

Following a review of the comments, we prepared a Submissions Report and obtained planning approval for the project.

Further developing the detailed design of the project has created some new and modified project features. We have now prepared an addendum to the REF, to assess these features. View or download a copy of the addendum to the REF.

What happens next?

Major work on the project is expected to start in February and March 2017.

Members of the project team will be in the area in coming weeks to talk to the community about the project. If you would like more information about the upcoming work, contact the project team.

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