Jane Street, Penrith – from Union Road to Museum Drive including Railway Bridge upgrade

The Australian and NSW governments are jointly funding the $70 million Jane Street, Penrith – from Union Road to Museum Drive including Railway Bridge upgrade. The vital upgrade will connect road users to the Penrith CBD and ease congestion at these intersections.

Artist's impression of upgrade to the Mulgoa Road and High Street intersection

Project snapshot

  • Project value: $70 million
  • Funding: Australian and NSW governments

Project background

The Castlereagh Road and Jane Street, and Mulgoa Road and High Street intersections are vital to connect road users to the Penrith CBD, Blue Mountains and surrounding suburbs. These intersections currently experience congestion during morning and afternoon peak times.

As part of the NSW Government Plan for Growing Sydney, Penrith will continue to develop as a regional city centre and accommodate future residential and employment growth. Without improvement to cater for this growth, future traffic congestion at these intersections will worsen, resulting in further delays for road users.

The Jane Street, Penrith - from Union Road to Museum Drive including Railway Bridge upgrade would ease this congestion and provide increased capacity to cater for future transport growth.

Benefits

The Jane Street, Penrith – from Union Road to Museum Drive including Railway Bridge upgrade would:

  • reduce congestion and delays at the Castlereagh Road / Jane Street and High Street / Mulgoa Road / intersections during morning and afternoon peak times
  • deliver infrastructure that provides effective network performance
  • improve access to public transport
  • provide safe and effective pedestrian and cycling infrastructure
  • support economic growth
  • allow for upgrades of other sections of Mulgoa Road in the future.

Key features

The key features of the Jane Street and Mulgoa Road infrastructure upgrade include:

  • an additional lane both north and south bound on Mulgoa Road / Castlereagh Road between Union Road and to the south of Museum Drive
  • a longer left turn lane along Mulgoa Road for vehicles turning westbound onto High Street
  • an upgrade of the Mulgoa Road and High Street intersection to provide increased capacity
  • an upgrade of the T-intersection of Jane Street with Castlereagh Road to provide increased capacity
  • widening the existing rail underpass to allow three lanes in each direction on Castlereagh Road and left turn into Jane Street
  • bus priority at the High Street intersection.

What happens next?

The design contract was awarded to SMEC. The successful tenderer will be announced in late 2018 with work expected to start in early 2019 and the upgrade open to traffic in late-2020, weather permitting.

We will provide an update before work starts and will continue to provide information as the project progresses.

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