North West Priority Growth Area road network

The NSW Government has proposed a road network to support the forecast growth in the North West Priority Growth Area. Over the next ten years, 33,000 homes will be provided in the area and once fully developed, the area will be home to around 250,000 people.

Riverstone and the North West Priority Growth Area
Riverstone and the North West Priority Growth Area

Updates and announcements

Denmark Link Road - field investigation work

Roads and Maritime Services completed geotechnical investigations and survey work for the proposed Denmark Link Road in September 2017. We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this work.

Bandon Road - field investigation work

Roads and Maritime Services has completed geotechnical investigations along the proposed Bandon Road preferred corridor. We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this work.

Project background

The area surrounding Riverstone is an integral part of the North West Priority Growth 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.

During consultation in 2013 and 2014, Roads and Maritime sought community feedback on three options for a railway overpass at Garfield Road, Castlereagh Street and Loftus Street.  The community highlighted their concerns about the current traffic congestion in Riverstone and heavy vehicles travelling through the town centre. Roads and Maritime also received feedback about the location of an overpass on community amenity, local businesses, schools and property.

In response to the community’s comments, Roads and Maritime expanded the scope of the project and proposed a road network to support development and address traffic congestion and heavy vehicle movements in North West Priority Growth Area and Riverstone.

The proposed road network was released in November 2014 for public consultation and a Community Consultation Report summarising the feedback received and the responses from Roads and Maritime is available in the project documents page.

The proposed road network was confirmed by the NSW Government in July 2015.

The proposed road network upgrades would include:

  • improving traffic flow within the Riverstone Town Centre and access to the Westminster Street bridge, in the short-term (completed in September 2016)
  • completing construction of Schofields Road between Windsor Road and Richmond Road by 2018 to link the Rouse Hill and Marsden Park town centres
  • planning to build a link road from the intersection of Garfield Road West and Denmark Road, Riverstone to the Westminster Street bridge, Schofields – in the short-term
  • planning for the Bandon Road underpass of the railway line and a new road connection between Richmond and Windsor roads
  • 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 road network

The road network proposed by Roads and Maritime identified the number and location of Richmond railway line crossings necessary to effectively manage traffic across the North West Priority Growth Area.

The proposed road network:

  • addresses the feedback Roads and Maritime received from the community within the North West Priority Growth Area
  • supports immediate needs and long-term impacts of the North West Priority Growth 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 construction as part of the Schofields Road upgrade)
    • Burdekin Road and Townson Road, Quakers Hill (proposed by Blacktown City Council).

The North West Priority Growth Area road network also includes existing Roads and Maritime projects Schofields Road Upgrade and extension and the Richmond Road Upgrade.

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