Richmond Intersection Improvements

The Richmond Bridge and Approaches Congestion Study identifies and assesses the traffic movements, environmental and heritage considerations, safety concerns, the structural integrity of the bridge and corridor reservations issues. The short-term work identified in the study is being delivered as the Richmond Intersection Improvements project

Updates and announcements

The Australian and NSW Governments are aiming to reduce congestion on Kurrajong Road, March Street and Bells Line of Road approaches to Richmond Bridge. The Australian Government has provided $18 million in funding to improve traffic conditions at three intersections in two stages:

  • Kurrajong Road and Old Kurrajong Road, Richmond (Stage 1)
  • March Street and Bosworth Street, Richmond (Stage 2)
  • Bells Line of Road and Grose Vale Road, North Richmond (Stage 2).

Day work at the intersection of Bells Line of Road and Grose Vale Road started on Monday 26 June and will continue until Monday 31 July.

This work involves property adjustments, utility investigations and installing signs. More information is available in the August project update (PDF, 208Kb).

Roads and Maritime sought feedback in April 2016 and prepared a community consultation report (PDF, 1.35Mb) on a proposed night work schedule for Stage 2 at the intersection of Bells Line of Road and Grose Vale Road, North Richmond.

Project background

Roads and Maritime carried out the congestion study in two stages. In Stage 1 Roads and Maritime analysed the cause of traffic congestion and investigated the structural suitability of the existing Richmond Bridge. The Stage1 Report was exhibited in July 2012 and a workshop was held at North Richmond to present the findings and to receive community comments. This meeting with community and other key stakeholders provided valuable information to better understand community views about improving the traffic flow in the short-term and their vision for long-term strategic options.

Roads and Maritime received a wide range of constructive comments which have been considered in detail by the project team. These comments have been summarised in a community issues report and will help to further develop local plans to relieve traffic congestion.

The Stage 2 study focuses on the long-term options centered on the existing bridge and road corridor between Richmond and North Richmond.

Roads and Maritime has published the Richmond Bridge and Approaches Congestion Study - Preferred Short-term and Long-term Options Report, which recommends short-term (2021) and long-term (2036) options to address congestion on Richmond Bridge and its approaches.

The study assessed traffic movements, considered environmental and heritage and safety concerns and the bridge’s structural integrity.

In addition to the $2 million funding to the Richmond Bridge and approaches congestion study, the Australian Government has committed $18 million in funding to improve the traffic conditions for this key location.

The study identified the Kurrajong Road/Bells Line of road intersections with Grose Vale Road, Yarramundi Lane and Bosworth Street as locations for improvements to help reduce and manage congestion until 2021.

What's happening now?

Roads and Maritime has contracted DownerMouchel to carry out the work for the short-term improvements, including developing detailed designs and assessing the environmental impacts and conducting field investigation. Work started in May 2014 and is ongoing.

The work on the three intersections will be carried out in three stages. Stage 1 was completed in October 2015. Work at the intersections of March Street and Bosworth Streets and Bells Line of Road have recently been approved.

A separate Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was completed for the intersection upgrade of March Street and Bosworth Street, Richmond in April 2016 and for the intersection upgrade at Bells Line of Road and Grose Vale Road, North Richmond in August 2016. These environmental assessments were carried out in accordance with Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, and considered how the proposed works might affect or might be likely to affect the environment.

Community engagement

In August 2014, Roads and Maritime invited feedback from local businesses, residents and stakeholders on Stage 1, which involves upgrading the intersection at Kurrajong Road, March Street and Old Kurrajong Road, Richmond. The proposal included:

  • Widening the intersection to allow for a dedicated right turn lane from Kurrajong Road into Old Kurrajong Road for motorists travelling south
  • Providing a dedicated left turn lane from Old Kurrajong Road into Kurrajong Road including an acceleration lane.

Following assessment of this feedback, Roads and Maritime proceeded with the project. A copy of the Community Consultation Report for the proposal which summarises the comments, responses and details of the decision has been released. A Community Consultation report for the proposed night work schedule for Stage 2 at the intersection of Bells Line of Road and Grose Vale Road, North Richmond has also been prepared.

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