Elizabeth Drive upgrade project

The NSW Government is investigating the future upgrade of Elizabeth Drive between the M7 Motorway at Cecil Hill and The Northern Road at Luddenham.

Background on Elizabeth Drive

Elizabeth Drive is the main east-west corridor between Liverpool and surrounding suburbs. Elizabeth Drive, from the M7 Motorway to Badgerys Creek, is approximately 14km in length, predominantly a 2-lane undivided road, with no footpaths, no median and a speed limit of 80km/h.

With projected and planned future growth in the region due to the development of the Western Sydney Airport, industrial and commercial precincts associated with the Aerotropolis development, adjoining land releases for residential precincts and employment zones, there is a need to plan for increased capacity and to improve access and safety on Elizabeth Drive.

Roads and Maritime Services is committed to supporting the delivery of the new Western Sydney Airport and the Western Parkland City - planning for the Elizabeth Drive corridor forms a part of this.

The implications of not increasing the capacity of Elizabeth Drive would be increased congestion, increased travel times and road safety implications. The preservation of a corridor for an upgraded Elizabeth Drive Corridor would allow for ongoing upgrades as required over time, based on increased usage and emerging safety and access requirements.

Roads and Maritime has also recognised that there is also a need for the provision of pedestrian, cycling and bus stop infrastructure along Elizabeth Drive as there is currently minimal infrastructure for supporting these customer groups.

Preliminary investigations

Roads and Maritime Services is starting site the investigations, including preliminary engineering, completion of strategic designs, environmental field investigations, and strategic modelling. These investigations are expected to be completed by mid-2019 and will help inform the access strategy.

Access strategy

An access strategy that considers the future needs for the Elizabeth Drive corridor, including public and active transport is currently being prepared by Roads and Maritime.

The draft access strategy will be displayed to the community for comment and feedback. This is expected to occur in late 2018.

Community and stakeholder engagement

Community and stakeholder input is a key component of the access strategy and Roads and Maritime is keen to hear to receive local information and feedback on these early plans as part of the planning process.

Early engagement with communities and stakeholders enables feedback to be considered as part of the early planning of the project, in particular the access strategy.

Developing an access strategy that considers community feedback in a meaningful way is essential to the success of the project.

Feedback and requests for comments will be sought via community information sessions, our online interactive mapping tool and the project team will also be available via phone and email.

As the project progresses, more information about the project, including how and when to provide feedback on the access strategy will be posted on this page.

Next steps

Roads and Maritime will be engaging with the community in the coming months. A community update will also be posted out to residents and businesses along the Elizabeth Drive corridor and this web page will be updated.

Site investigations will continue in the area as part of the preparation of the access strategy and ongoing development of the project.

Useful links

The links listed below provide information on the projects and initiatives that are underway in the in and around the Elizabeth Drive area. The outcomes of the initiatives below will also have an impact on the delivery of the Elizabeth Drive project.

For information on the Department of Planning and Environment’s Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan please visit the Western Sydney Aerotropolis page.

For information on the M12 Motorway please visit the M12 Motorway page.

For information on The Northern Road upgrade please visit The Northern Road upgrade page.

For information on the Mamre Road upgrade, please visit the Mamre Road upgrade page.

For information on the North South Rail Line and South West Rail Extension, please visit the Transport for NSW page.

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