The Horsley Drive upgrade

The NSW Government is planning a future upgrade of The Horsley Drive between the M7 Motorway and Cowpasture Road, 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

Consultation now closed

Roads and Maritime Services invited comments from the community and stakeholders on the concept design and the Environmental Investigation Report for the Horsley Drive upgrade in July and August 2017. We would like to thank everyone who considered the proposal and provided feedback.

A submissions report summarising and responding to feedback received during the consultation period is now being prepared.

The latest June 2017 community update newsletter (6.4Mb)  provides more information on the project and the Environmental Investigation Report (PDF, 16Mb).

Project background

The Horsley Drive between the M7 Motorway and Cowpasture Road, Horsley Park is an arterial road connection into the Smithfield/Wetherill Park industrial area that 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.

Planning for an upgrade of The Horsley Drive was announced in March 2015. Roads and Maritime carried out an options assessment to identify the preferred corridor for the road upgrade. The option development process involved technical and specialist input including traffic modelling, strategic design and consultation with key stakeholders including Fairfield City Council, WaterNSW and the Western Sydney Parklands Trust.

Roads and Maritime invited community feedback on the proposed preferred corridor in August and September 2015. After reviewing the submissions and considering feedback, we have now developed the concept design and Environmental Investigations Report.

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
  • Safer conditions for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians
  • Improved access to the Western Sydney Parklands
  • Improved freight access and efficiency
  • More reliable travel times
  • Reservation of road space for future widening if required.

Key features

  • A four lane divided road between the M7 Motorway and Cowpasture Road with a wide central median to allow for six lanes in the future
  • An extra eastbound lane from west of Ferrers Road to Cowpasture Road
  • A pedestrian and cyclist shared path along The Horsley Drive, connecting to the Western Sydney Parklands cycleway
  • Upgrade of the Ferrers Road intersection and Cowpasture Road north intersection
  • Upgrade of the roundabout at The Horsley Drive and Cowpasture Road (southern section) to an intersection with traffic lights to improve traffic flow.

What has changed in the design?

Some design refinements have been made since the last consultation to address comments received from the community and investigations carried out by Roads and Maritime. Changes include:

  • relocation of the shared pedestrian and cycle path to the southern side of The Horsley Drive to reduce property impacts
  • a turning bay about 100 metres east of Eastern Creek to allow westbound cars to perform a u-turn.

What happens next?

Roads and Maritime will consider all feedback received during the display of the Environmental Investigation Report and will respond in a submissions report.

The proposed upgrade requires some land within the Western Sydney Parklands (identified as a regional park under the NPW Act) to be acquired by Roads and Maritime. In order for this land to be acquired, it would first need to be removed from the gazetted regional park area. Discussions regarding this process are currently under way.

After considering community feedback, and if approval is obtained to acquire the land within the regional park area, Roads and Maritime will determine if the proposal should proceed or if any changes are required.

Subject to project approval and funding being allocated, Roads and Maritime would then proceed to final design and issue tenders for construction.

The community will be kept informed throughout this process.

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