Richmond Road upgrade complete

The five kilometre $135 million Richmond Road upgrade to double vehicle capacity and improve safety has been completed on budget and four years ahead of schedule.

Aerial view of the completed Richmond Road at Garfield Road

Updates and announcements

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Roads Maritime and Freight, Duncan Gay, officially opened the upgraded road between Townson Road and Elara Boulevard on 23 November 2016.

Project background

The NSW Government fast tracked this project by four years through a $96M Housing Acceleration Fund allocation to service not only the existing 40,000 motorists who use the road, but also the more than 200,000 people expected to move to Sydney’s growing north-west during the next 30 years.

Richmond Road is a key connector road in Sydney’s north-west between Colebee and Marsden Park. The new Richmond Road has a four-lane divided road with a landscaped central median and capacity for six lanes in the future if needed.  There is an off-road shared pedestrian/cyclist path on the western side of the road and new or upgraded traffic lights at;

  • Quarry Road
  • South Street
  • Vine Street West/Pius Lane
  • Garfield Road West.

Garfield Road West approaching Richmond Road has been realigned and upgraded. A new service road has been built to provide left-in access from Richmond Road to the service station, primary school and fire brigade on Garfield Road West.

Grange Avenue now has a left-in and left-out intersection, bus priority capability at traffic lights and bus bays on each side of Richmond Road. There are also designated turning lanes and bicycle and pedestrian crossings at traffic lights

The approved concept design and Review of Environmental Factors for the Richmond Road upgrade can be viewed or downloaded from the project documents page.

A submissions report summarising the community's comments and responses to each comment is available to view from the project documents page.

The upgrade of Richmond Road is being carried out in stages, in conjunction with precinct development.

  • Stage 1 is between Bells Creek and Townson Road and was complete in July 2014
  • Stage 2 is between north of Townson Road and north of Garfield Road West and was completed in November 2016
  • Stage 3 is between Bells Creek (900 metres north of Garfield Road West – Elara Boulevard) and South Creek and will take place as neighbouring development progresses.

For further information see the North West Priority Land Release Area website.

Benefits

 The key benefits are to: 

  • Support Sydney’s newest suburbs in the north west including Schofields, Riverstone and Marsden Park where more than 70,000 new homes will be built within the next 30 years
  • Provide increased traffic capacity for future traffic growth
  • Improved safety for motorists with a central median to separate opposing traffic
  • Improved travel times for motorists and road freight in Sydney’s north west
  • Bus priority capacity at traffic lights to improve traffic flow
  • Access for future North West Priority Land Release Area precincts along Richmond Road.

Community involvement

Community involvement has informed the design and environmental assessment. Our response to community submissions can be found in our project documents.

Next steps

Work on Stage 3 from Bells Creek (900 metres north of Garfield Road West – Elara Boulevard) and South Creek will take place as neighbouring development progresses. The community will be kept updated as detailed design progresses and advised when work is planned to start on Stage 3.

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