Airport East Precinct

Roads and Maritime Services is planning to upgrade roads east of the airport and remove the General Holmes Drive rail level crossing by constructing a road underpass. This would improve the movement of rail freight facilities to and from Port Botany, and improve traffic flow and access to the airport and Port Botany.

General Holmes Drive level crossing

Updates and announcements

Port Botany freight rail line deviation

To support the project, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will build a temporary rail deviation next to the existing freight rail line near Wentworth Avenue. The deviation will allow trains to continue to run while Roads and Maritime builds a new rail bridge over Wentworth Avenue.

Working hours will be from 7am to 6pm on weekdays and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays, weather permitting.

Some night work may also be required. Hours will be from 11pm to 7am, excluding weekends and public holidays. No more than three shifts of night work will be carried out in any single week.

To ensure that freight trains can transfer to the new track as scheduled, ARTC will need to work some additional night shifts in August.

There will be three shifts of night work scheduled between Tuesday 16 August and Thursday 18 August and one shift on Friday 26 August, weather permitting. Working hours will be from 10pm to 7am.

Work schedule over the weekend of 27 and 28 August

Further ARTC work on the new deviation will occur over the weekend of 27 and 28 August.

Trains will start using the temporary freight rail deviation from Monday 29 August. The preparatory work and transfer to the temporary line must occur during this weekend, which is one of only four ARTC scheduled opportunities each year when the freight line will be closed.

Work will start from 7am Saturday 27 August and continue through to 7am Monday 29 August.

For more information see the letter to residents (PDF,225Kb.

Project background

Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport and Port Botany are two of Australia's most important international gateways. The roads around the airport and Port Botany are becoming increasingly congested due to more passenger and freight vehicles.

Key features

Key features and benefits of the proposal 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
  • Providing improvements to 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
    • Botany Road from the Botany Road and Wentworth Avenue intersection to Baxter Road
  • Retaining the northbound bus stop on Botany Road close to the existing location to meet community needs.

3D animation

View the Airport East video below.

Addendum to the Review of Environmental Factors

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

Community engagement

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.

What happens next?

We are finalising detailed design of the upgrade. We will continue to inform the community as this project progresses.

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