Congestion busting plans progress for Sydney Airport

24 March 2016

Minister for Roads Duncan Gay today announced the new permanent clearway on Marsh Street had been installed, one of more than 50 recommendations made by the Airport Traffic Coordination Committee established last month by the NSW Government.

A total of 53 immediate to medium term ideas are being developed to help ease congestion around the Sydney Airport precinct.

“Road users are understandably tired of delays while trying to access one of Sydney’s most important transport centres, which is why we are doing everything possible to reduce delays while new infrastructure is built,” Mr Gay said.

“We are paying particular attention to the airport precinct during the busy Easter, ANZAC and school holiday periods – I suggest motorists allow extra travel time, or consider public transport options.

“Since the Airport Traffic Coordination Committee was established last month it has already held three formal meetings and corresponded daily to develop an action plan to maximise efficiency of the local road network.

“One of the first of these measures was to implement a 24 hour clearway along Marsh Street in both directions between the Giovanni Brunetti Bridge and West Botany Street to reduce congestion caused by parked cars blocking valuable lane space.”

Roads and Maritime Services has appointed an Airport Traffic Coordinator who is already on the ground and making ‘real-time’ changes to traffic light phasing on O’Riordan Street and General Holmes Drive to improve traffic flow.

The NSW Police motorcycle response team is also patrolling the precinct and targeting motorists queuing across intersections.

Other options being investigated and actioned include:

  • line marking changes on Qantas Drive near O’Riordan Street to help prevent motorists from queuing and blocking traffic travelling through the intersection
  • improvements on Ross Smith Avenue to improve bus priority and reduce rat running in local streets
  • investigating new vehicle detectors which will enable the traffic lights to be adjusted to queue lengths
  • sharing traffic cameras between the Transport Management Centre and Sydney Airport
  • investigating the possibility of using airport land away from the main terminals as a waiting area.

Work on major infrastructure projects is progressing as part of a $500 million investment by the NSW Government and Sydney Airport.

Site establishment and early work is under way for the Airport West Marsh Street widening project which will deliver an additional westbound lane on Marsh Street.

Early work is also under way for the Airport East Wentworth Avenue extension and Joyce Drive widening, with ARTC building a temporary diversion of the Port Botany Rail Line to allow a new underpass to be built.

MEDIA: Vanessa Juresic | 0419 618 081

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