The Northern Road Upgrade, Glenmore Parkway to Jamison Road

The Australian and NSW governments are upgrading The Northern Road as part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan (WSIP), a 10 year, $3.6 billion road investment program.

The Northern Road Upgrade will deliver new and upgraded roads to support integrated transport in the region and capitalise on the economic benefits from developing the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek. It would also improve safety, increase road capacity and reduce congestion and travel times in the future.

This upgrade covers about 4 kilometres between Glenmore Parkway, Glenmore Park and Jamison Road, South Penrith. It is planned to generally follow the existing road alignment.

Artist's impression of The Northern Road and M4 Motorway interchange, looking north
Artist's impression of The Northern Road and M4 Motorway interchange, looking north

Updates and announcements

Night work, investigation work and site set-up

We are continuing with night work, site investigations and starting work to setup the main site office for construction of this project.

This work includes surveying, utility investigations, excavating and earthworks and installing the site office and fencing.

We will be onsite between Wednesday 29 May and Friday 30 June 2017, weather permitting.

Our work hours will be between 7am and 6pm on Monday to Friday, and 8am to 1pm on Saturday.

Please see our investigation letter (PDF, 189Kb) for more information.

To minimise impacts on traffic, some work will also be carried out at night between 7pm and 7am, from Monday 3 July to Friday 4 August 2017, excluding Friday and Saturday.

Please see our night work letter (PDF, 161Kb) for more information.

Project snapshot

  • Contractor: Lendlease
  • Start of major construction: mid-2017
  • Expected completion date: 2020
  • Project value (of all 6 sections of The Northern Road): $1.6 billion
  • Funding source: Australian and NSW governments

How do I get home?

If you live along this route there may be changes to how you access your property. To see these changes, please visit our interactive portal.

Benefits

The benefits of The Northern Road Upgrade:

  • Improving travel times by:
    • Increasing the number of lanes along The Northern Road
    • Removing a set of traffic lights at the M4 Interchange
    • Providing additional turning lanes at some intersections
  • Allowing for reliable public transport by providing a continuous kerbside bus lane in each direction
  • Improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists by providing a new shared path
  • Improving connectivity for pedestrians by providing new footpaths
  • Improving road safety by:
    • Providing a central median to separate opposing traffic flows
    • Installing new traffic lights at two existing intersections
    • Providing separate turning lanes at some intersections
    • Improving the alignment of the road
  • Improving local access by providing an extension of Cross Road to Wentworth Road
  • Mitigating traffic noise impacts by providing two new noise barriers.

Key features

Key features of The Northern Road Upgrade include:

  • Widening The Northern Road to provide four lanes in each direction (three general traffic lanes and a kerbside bus lane)
  • Building a new bridge over the M4 Motorway with the existing bridge to be removed
  • Installing new traffic lights and turning lanes at some intersections
  • Providing continuous bus lanes in each direction
  • Installing a central median
  • Providing a new shared pedestrian and cyclist path and footpaths
  • Installing new street lighting, drainage, safety barriers and landscaping
  • Installing new retaining walls
  • Installing two new noise barriers

What happens next?

We have awarded the design and construction contract to Lendlease. Major work is expected to start in mid-2017 with the road open to traffic by 2020.

We will keep the community informed before work starts and will continue to provide updates as the project progresses.

Community involvement

All feedback received during the display of the concept design and REF was considered by the project team. A Submissions report is available for download that summarises the submissions received and the intended project outcome.

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