Road Network Strategy for the North West Priority Land Release Area

The NSW Government has developed the Road Network Strategy in response to growth in the North West Priority Land Release Area, which is expected to expand by about 200,000 residents in the next 20 to 30 years. That’s nearly equivalent to the population of Wollongong, NSW’s third largest city.

Updates and announcements

Start of construction for Westminster Street and Railway Terrace intersection upgrade from 12 April 2016

Roads and Maritime Services has identified that new traffic lights at the Westminster Street and Railway Terrace intersection would significantly improve traffic flow along Bridge Street and improve safety for road users. Traffic lights would also make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to cross at this location. A start of work letter (PDF users. Traffic lights would also make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to cross at this location. A start of work letter (PDF 440Kb) was distributed to local residents, to update them on the upcoming construction activities.

This work will be carried out during standard construction hours, Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm, and Saturdays between 8am and 1pm.

There will however, be some initial night work including set-up of the worksite, which will start from 7pm on 12 April 2016 to 5am on 15 April 2016. Any other out-of-hours work will be notified as required. Please refer to the project document page for information about the consultation that was carried out for this project and for more information.

Westminster Street traffic lights

In August 2015 the community was consulted on a proposal to provide traffic lights at the intersection of Westminster Street and Railway Terrace, Schofields. This proposal is part of the short-term work for the Road Network Strategy. Comments on this proposal closed on Friday 24 August 2015.

A report summarising issues raised during consultation and our responses is now available. View or download the Consultation Report (PDF, 573Kb).

Construction is expected to start early 2016, weather permitting.

Denmark Link Road

As part of the short-term work proposed for the North West Growth Centre Road Network Strategy we are planning to build a link road from the intersection of Garfield Road West and Denmark Road, Riverstone to Westminster Street, Schofields.

A number of options were developed and an assessment was carried out with key stakeholders to select a preferred option. An Options Report (PDF, 9.8MB) has been prepared detailing the process carried out in the selection of the preferred option. Comments on this proposal closed on Friday 18 December 2015.

A report summarising issues raised during consultation and our responses is being prepared.

Project background

The area surrounding Riverstone is an integral part of the North West Priority Land Release Area and the expected increase in population and development will mean significantly more traffic in the area. This will result in increased congestion on the overall road network, including on Garfield Road and around the existing railway level crossing at Riverstone.

Roads and Maritime Services has identified the road network upgrades that need to occur to support the development within the North West Priority Land Release Area. The proposed road network upgrades would be delivered in the short, medium and long-term key phases and is subject to the availability of funding.

The short-term work aims to improve the traffic flow around Riverstone. Medium-term work and long-term work would manage the future traffic requirements of the North West Priority Land Release Area. Detail of the North West Growth Centre Road Network Strategy is available in the Community Update published in November 2014 and confirmed in July 2015.

The proposed road network upgrades would include:

  • Improving traffic flow within Riverstone Town Centre and access to Westminster Street bridge
  • Planning for the Bandon Road underpass and new road connection between Richmond and Windsor roads
  • Completing construction of Schofields Road between Windsor Road and Richmond Road by 2018 to link the Rouse Hill and Marsden Park town centres
  • Planning for the upgrade of Garfield Road between Richmond Road and Windsor Road
  • Planning for a grade-separated rail crossing along the Garfield Road corridor at Riverstone.

About the strategy

The primary aim of the road network strategy developed by Roads and Maritime is to identify the crossings of the Richmond railway line necessary to effectively manage traffic and heavy vehicle movements across the North West Priority Land Release Area.

The strategy:

  • Addresses feedback Roads and Maritime has received from the community within the North West Priority Land Release Area
  • Supports immediate needs and long-term impacts of the North West Priority Land Release Area
  • Was developed based on the findings of a traffic and transportation study
  • Had input from key stakeholders including representatives of the Department of Planning and Environment, Transport for NSW, Blacktown City Council, Hawkesbury City Council and Roads and Maritime, along with the Member for Riverstone
  • Identifies the need for five grade-separated crossings of the Richmond rail line:
    • Bandon Road, Vineyard (currently a level-crossing of the rail line)
    • Garfield Road, Riverstone (currently a level-crossing of the rail line)
    • Westminster Street bridge, Schofields (existing two lane local bridge)
    • Schofields Road, Schofields (in progress as part of the Schofields Road upgrade)
    • Burdekin Road and Townson Road, Quakers Hill (proposed by Blacktown City Council).

A map highlighting the five rail crossings (PDF, 454 KB) is available to view or to download.

The North West Growth Centre Road Network Strategy also includes existing Roads and Maritime projects Schofields Road Upgrade and extension and the Richmond Road Upgrade.

Delivering on the strategy

Roads and Maritime has identified road network upgrades needed to implement the strategy and ensure the development of the North West Priority Land Release Area is supported.

The road network upgrades would be delivered in three key phases, subject to funding being available.

  • Improve traffic flow within the Riverstone town centre, and plan for proposed Bandon Road corridor and plan for the upgrading of the Garfield Road corridor - short term work
  • Provide additional crossings of the Richmond rail line - medium term work
  • Manage future traffic impacts of the North West Priority Land Release Area in the long-term - long term work.

Note: The road network does not address or pre-empt a future Outer Sydney Orbital.

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