Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan – Local Roads Package

The Australian Government is funding a $200 million Local Roads Package as part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan linked to the development of the western Sydney airport, at Badgerys Creek.

Background

The Australian Government is funding the Local Roads Package to support some western Sydney councils doing minor road improvement projects. Eligible councils are Liverpool, Camden, Wollondilly, Campbelltown, Penrith, Fairfield and Blacktown. This Package is part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, which will deliver $3.6 billion in road infrastructure improvements over the next 10 years.

The NSW Government, through Roads and Maritime Services, is managing the Package and working with councils to identify opportunities and deliver the projects on local, regional and state roads. In 2014–15, the Australian Government committed $200 million over ten years with each project expected to be worth between $5 million and $10 million. Projects must focus on improving road safety and efficiency and providing better connections to the broader road network.

The first funding round opened in July 2014 with Fairfield, Penrith, Camden and Campbelltown councils’ projects, costing $32.4 million, approved. All scoping and identification projects approved in the first round are now complete.

The second funding round was announced in January 2016 with projects from Fairfield, Penrith, Camden, Campbelltown and Blacktown councils, costing $62 million, approved.

The successful round two projects are:

  • Smithfield Road Upgrade – Fairfield City Council was granted $16.4 million to upgrade Smithfield Road to a continuous 2-lane 2-way road. The project includes a number of intersection upgrades and realignment of Richards Road at Smithfield Road
  • Erskine Park Road and Peppertree Drive Intersection Upgrade – Penrith City Council was granted $11.3 million to upgrade the existing intersection at Erskine Park Road and Peppertree Drive to a seagull intersection. The upgrade will significantly improve road safety and traffic efficiency
  • Erskine Park Road and Bennett Road Upgrade – Penrith City Council was granted $7.5 million to upgrade the intersection at Bennett Road and Erskine Park Road and install traffic lights
  • Erskine Park Road and Coonawarra Drive Intersection Upgrade – Penrith City Council was granted $6.9 million to upgrade the intersection at Coonawarra Drive and Erskine Park Road to a seagull intersection
  • The Northern Road Intersections Upgrade – Penrith City Council was granted $6.7 million to upgrade intersections on The Northern Road at the Great Western Highway, Derby Street and Bringelly Road/Caddens Road. The intersections forms a part of the A9 corridor connecting Windsor to Campbelltown via Penrith. The upgrade of intersection will significantly improve road safety and traffic efficiency
  • Erskine Park Road & Explorers Way Intersection Upgrade – Penrith City Council was granted $3.4 million to upgrade the intersection at Explorers Way and Erskine Park Road and install traffic lights
  • Camden Valley Way/Argyle Street – Stage 2 – Macarthur Road Intersection – Camden Council was granted $4.3 million to realign Macarthur Road on the approach to Camden Valley Way and install new traffic lights at the Camden Valley Way and Macarthur Road intersection
  • Camden Valley Way/Argyle Street – Graham Hill Road and Richardson Road Intersection – Camden Council was granted $4.1 million to upgrade the intersection to include right turn bays on Camden Valley Way into Grahams Hill Road. The project also includes traffic light adjustments and a new shared path on the southern side of Camden Valley Way
  • Raby Road from Eschol Park Drive to Stranraer Drive scoping study – Campbelltown City Council was granted $655,000 to carry out traffic, safety and scoping studies to identify issues and options to upgrade Raby Road from Eschol Park Drive to Stranraer Drive. The project will also include the environmental assessment and community consultation for the proposed upgrade
  • Bungarribee Road and Flushcombe Road signalisation scoping – Blacktown City Council was granted $526,000 to do option testing and complete preliminary investigations for safety and efficiency improvement at this intersection
  • Porrende Street Upgrade scoping – Camden Council was granted $120,000 to carry out options testing and complete a concept design for Porrende Street between The Northern Road intersection and Grahams Hill Road.

Round one projects were:

  • Cumberland Highway Intersection Upgrades – Fairfield City Council was granted $5.4 million over two years to upgrade the Cumberland Highway intersections at Hamilton Road, St Johns Road and John Street. The project includes road widening, increasing the capacity of turning bays, adjustments and re-phasing of traffic lights and utility services work
  • Wetherill Street Upgrade – Fairfield City Council was granted $8.2 million over two years to upgrade Wetherill Street, Wetherill Park between Polding Street and Victoria Street.
  • Eagle Vale Drive Upgrade – Campbelltown City Council was granted $17.5 million over two years to upgrade Eagle Vale Drive, between Badgally Road, Blairmount and Raby Road, Eagle Vale.
  • The Northern Road and Erskine Park Road Study – Penrith City Council was granted $1.1 million to carry out a traffic, safety and scoping study to identify issues and options to upgrade The Northern Road, Orchard Hills/South Penrith and Erskine Park Road, Erskine Park. THis project is now complete and has resulted in Penrith Council being succesful in obtaining Round 2 funding for construction
  • Argyle Street / Camden Valley Way Corridor Upgrade Stage 1 – Camden Council was granted $2.14 million over two years to construct new traffic lights at the intersection of Argyle Street and Oxley Street, Camden and to replace a marked pedestrian crossing with pedestrian activated traffic lights on Argyle Street west of Hill Street, Camden
  • Argyle Street / Camden Valley Way Corridor Upgrade – Stage 2 Identification – Camden Council was granted $150,000 for a study to identify future road improvements along Camden Valley Way between the Camden Town Centre and The Northern Road. This project is now complete and has resulted in Camden Council being successful in obtaining Round 2 funding for the upgrade of Grahams Hill Road and Camden Valley Way
  • Argyle Street / Camden Valley Way Corridor Upgrade – Macarthur Road Intersection Scoping – Camden Council was granted $50,000 to do option testing and complete a detailed design for the safety and efficiency improvement at this intersection. This project is now complete and has resulted in Camden Council being successful in obtaining Round 2 funding for construction.

What happens next?

The Australian Government is expected to call for applications for the next funding round of the Local Roads Package in 2017.

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