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

Traffic changes on Joyce Drive

There will be temporary traffic changes for westbound motorists on Joyce Drive between General Holmes Drive and Sir Reginald Ansett Drive, from Friday 24 November until 20 December 2017, weather permitting.

To allow us to carry out work towards the middle of the westbound side, we will move the left lane over on to this newly constructed road. The right lane will remain in the same place.

This change will mean:

  • safety barriers will separate the two westbound lanes
  • westbound motorists will not be able to change lanes in this area
  • left turn into the Domestic Airport (Sir Reginald Ansett Drive) will be from the left lane only. Motorists travelling to the Domestic Airport need to be in the left lane before the traffic lights at Ross Smith Avenue.
  • the speed limit will be reduced to 50km/h

Motorists travelling to the Domestic Airport can turn left into Ross Smith Avenue from General Holmes Drive or turn left into Sir Reginald Ansett Drive from the left lane only on Joyce Drive. There is no change for eastbound motorists in this area.

View or download the latest community update.

Location of the traffic changes
Location of the traffic changes

Bus stop closure

The northbound bus stop on Botany Road, between Bronti Street and Wentworth Avenue, next to the railway line will be closed permanently from 12 February 2017. We have consulted with Sydney Buses about the bus stop in this location, and the closure is required to ensure the safety of pedestrians and traffic movements in the area.

During construction, bus patrons will be able to use the existing bus stop at the corner of Elizabeth Avenue and Botany Road.

View or download the February 2017 letter to residents.

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

Members of the project team will continue to talk to residents and businesses in the area about the project in the coming weeks. If you would like more information about the upcoming work program, contact the project team.

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

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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.

Weekly construction updates

View or download our weekly construction updates.

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