The Horsley Drive Upgrade

The NSW Government is planning to upgrade The Horsley Drive between the M7 Motorway and Cowpasture Road at Horsley Park to a four lane divided road. The upgrade would include the option for six lanes in the future to meet western Sydney’s transport needs and support expected industrial and employment growth.

The Horsley Drive - single eastbound lane from the M7 Motorway to Ferrers Road
The Horsley Drive - single eastbound lane from the M7 Motorway to Ferrers Road

Updates and announcements

The consultation period for The Horsley Drive preferred corridor closed in September 2015. A Community Consultation Report (PDF, 2.19Mb) summarising the feedback received and the responses from Roads and Maritime is now available.

Following a review of the comments, Roads and Maritime has decided to proceed with planning the preferred corridor. The comments received will be considered during development of the concept design. We will continue planning and undertake field investigation work to inform the concept design and Review of Environmental Factors, which will be displayed for community consultation.

Project background

The Horsley Drive between the M7 Motorway and Cowpasture Road is the state road connection into the Smithfield/Wetherill Park industrial area and provides a strategic freight link to and from the M7 Motorway.

The upgraded road would provide important east-west connections between the Western Sydney Employment Area, M7 Motorway and Wetherill Park/Smithfield Industrial area.

The project would also deliver improved access to the Western Sydney Parklands and provide a separate off-road shared path for cyclists and pedestrians.

Project features

  • Widening and upgrading The Horsley Drive between the M7 Motorway and Cowpasture Road to a four lane divided road with a wide median to allow for six lanes when required
  • Upgrading the Ferrers Road intersection, Cowpasture Road north intersection, Cowpasture Road roundabout and The Horsley Drive eastern approach at the M7 Motorway interchange and Wallgrove Road intersection
  • Providing an off road shared path for pedestrians and cyclists that connects to the existing M7 Motorway and Western Sydney Parkland cycleways
  • Reserving two corridors of land, one to the north of The Horsley Drive between Wallgrove Road and Wallworth Road, and one east of Cowpasture Road north, to allow for future upgrade work.

Project benefits

  • Increased road capacity
  • An improved east-west connection between the Western Sydney Employment Area, the M7 Motorway and the Wetherill Park/Smithfield Industrial area
  • Provide safer conditions for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians
  • Improved access to the Western Sydney Parklands
  • Improved freight access and efficiency
  • Improved public transport
  • More reliable travel times
  • Improved landscaping.

What has happened?

Roads and Maritime carried out an options assessment to identify the preferred corridor for the road upgrade. The option development process involved traffic modelling, technical and specialist input, strategic design, consultation with key stakeholders including Fairfield City Council, Water NSW and the Western Sydney Parklands Trust, as well as a number of internal workshops. Several corridor options were developed and the potential options were evaluated in a value management study workshop attended by the key stakeholders and a preferred corridor option has been recommended.

For more detail on the option development and selection process refer to the preferred corridor option report

Roads and Maritime displayed the preferred corridor for the upgrade of The Horsley Drive in August and September 2015. A Community Consultation Report summarising the feedback received and the responses from Roads and Maritime is available.

What happens next?

Roads and Maritime has decided to proceed with planning the preferred corridor. The comments received during the consultation period of the preferred corridor will be considered in the development of the concept design. We will continue planning and field investigation work to inform the concept design and Review of Environmental Factors, which will be displayed for community consultation.

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