Road Network Strategy for the North West Priority Land Release Area

The NSW Government has developed the North West Growth Centre Road Network Strategy in response to forecast growth in the North West Priority Land Release Area. The population here is expected to increase to about 200,000 residents in the next 20 to 30 years - almost equivalent to the population of Wollongong, NSW’s third largest city.

Updates and announcements

Bandon Road Corridor – have your say

Roads and Maritime Services is seeking feedback by Friday 2 September 2016 on the preferred Bandon Road corridor. All comments received will be considered in the corridor preservation process.

Two community information sessions will be held where the project team will be available to answer questions and receive feedback:

  • Thursday 11 August from 5–8pm
    Vineyard Church
    357 Windsor Road, Vineyard
  • Saturday 13 August from 10am–1pm
    Riverstone Neighbourhood Centre
    Sam Lane Community Complex
    Park Street, Riverstone

You can provide your feedback by contacting the project team:

An Options Report (PDF, 6.57Mb for the Bandon Road preferred corridor has been prepared and details the analysis of the corridor options considered and the process used to select the preferred corridor. For more information please see our August 2016 Community Update (PDF, 1.79Mb)

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 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 the Westminster Street bridge
  • Planning to build a link road from the intersection of Garfield Road West and Denmark Road, Riverstone to the Westminster Street bridge, Schofields
  • Planning for the Bandon Road underpass of the railway line and a 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 railway crossing along the Garfield Road corridor at Riverstone.

    About the strategy

    The North West Growth Centre Road Network Stratgegy developed by Roads and Maritime identified the number and location of  Richmond railway line crossings necessary to effectively manage traffic 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
    • Includes input received 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 consruction 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’s North West Growth Centre Road Network Strategy would be delivered in three key phases, subject to funding availability.

    • Short-term work:
      • improve traffic flow within the Riverstone Town Centre, plan for the proposed Bandon Road corridor and plan for the upgrading of the Garfield Road corridor
    • Medium-term work:
      • provide extra grade separated crossings of the Richmond railway line
    • Long-term work:
      • manage future traffic impacts of the North West Priority Land Release Area in the long-term

    Note: The North West Growth Centre Road Network Strategy does not address or pre-empt a future Outer Sydney Orbital

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