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.

Riverstone and the North West Priority Land Release Area
Riverstone and the North West Priority Land Release Area

Updates and announcements

Westminster Street and Railway Terrace traffic lights - complete

Roads and Maritime Services completed the upgrade of the Westminster Street and Railway Terrace intersection in September 2016.

The Westminster Street and Railway Terrace traffic lights project is part of the North West Growth Centre Road Network Strategy and is the first project to be complete under the short-term program of work.

Bandon Road Preferred Corridor – consultation now closed

In August and September 2016, Roads and Maritime consulted with the community and stakeholders on the Bandon Road preferred corridor

We would like to thank everyone who considered our proposal and provided feedback.

All feedback received will be considered in the corridor preservation process.

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.

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 developed the North West Growth Centre Road Network Strategy to address traffic congestion and heavy vehicle movements in North West Priority Land Release Area and Riverstone.

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

The North West Growth Centre Road Network Strategy was confirmed by the NSW Government in July 2015.

The proposed road network upgrades would include:

  • Improving traffic flow within 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 strategy

The North West Growth Centre Road Network Strategy 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 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 construction as part of the Schofields Road upgrade)
    • Burdekin Road and Townson Road, Quakers Hill (proposed by Blacktown City Council).

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

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