The Northern Road Upgrade, Mersey Road to Glenmore Parkway

The Australian and NSW governments are planning to upgrade The Northern Road as part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, a 10 year, $3.6 billion road investment program.

The Northern Road Upgrade would deliver new and upgraded roads to support integrated transport in the region and capitalise on the economic benefits from developing the planned 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 16km between Mersey Road, Bringelly and Glenmore Parkway, Glenmore Park.

Artists impression of The Northern Road Upgrade, looking north at Luddenham
Artists impression of The Northern Road Upgrade, looking north at Luddenham

Updates and announcements

Have your say

In July and August 2016, Roads and Maritime consulted with the community and stakeholders on the preliminary design and access strategy (PDF, 12Mb) for The Northern Road Upgrade between Eaton Road and Littlefields Road, Luddenham and alternative access arrangements for Littlefields Road and Gates Road, Luddenham. We would like to thank the community for their feedback during the consultation period. The feedback provided will be considered in the preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement.

About

The Northern Road Upgrade between Mersey Road and Glenmore Parkway covers about 16km and would divert The Northern Road around the planned western Sydney airport site and around Luddenham. The project is being planned between Mersey Road and Glenmore Parkway and will be delivered in three sections between:

Benefits

The benefits of The Northern Road Upgrade include:

  • Improving future travel times by increasing the number of lanes along The Northern Road
  • Increasing road capacity for future growth and development
  • Improving road safety by:
    • Installing traffic lights at some intersections
    • Building a central median to separate opposing traffic flows
    • Providing turning lanes at some intersections
  • Improving public transport by providing dedicated bus lanes
  • Improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists by providing a new shared path
  • Improving access for the construction and operation of the planned western Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek and surrounding developments.

Features

Key features of The Northern Road Upgrade include:

  • Diverting The Northern Road to the east of Luddenham, close to the planned western Sydney airport site boundary
  • Widening from two lanes to a six lane divided road (two general traffic lanes and a kerbside bus lane in each direction), with a wide median to allow for an additional lane in each direction if required in the future
  • Providing kerbside bus lanes, bus priority lanes at traffic lights and indented bus bays, where required
  • Providing a continuous bypass to access the Luddenham town centre
  • Installing new traffic lights and turning lanes at some intersections
  • Providing a new shared path for pedestrians and cyclists on the western side of the road and a new footpath on the eastern side of the road
  • Installing new street lighting, particularly at intersections
  • Providing for a future connection with the proposed M12 Motorway
  • Upgrading drainage.

What happens next?

An Environmental Impact Statement for The Northern Road Upgrade between Mersey Road and Glenmore Parkway is being prepared and is expected to be on display for public comment in early 2017.

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