Professional services contract awarded for Elizabeth Drive upgrade

3 November 2020

Transport for NSW has officially awarded the professional services contract for the Elizabeth Drive West and Elizabeth Drive East upgrades between the M7 Motorway at Cecil Hills and The Northern Road at Luddenham.

While the strategic design of the upgrades was completed for the entire Elizabeth Drive corridor, the concept design has been divided into east and west parts, which has been awarded to infrastructure and consulting firm AECOM.

AECOM will carry out the concept design, environmental approvals and detailed design of the Elizabeth Drive West upgrade as well as the concept design and environmental approvals of the Elizabeth Drive East upgrade.

A Transport for NSW spokesperson said Elizabeth Drive is a major east-west corridor between the Liverpool region and the suburbs of Western Sydney, with the demand on the corridor expected to increase with developments such as the Western Sydney International Airport.

"As the Western Sydney Parkland City grows, we will see an expansion of industrial and commercial precincts, which will ultimately lead to a need to increase capacity on Elizabeth Drive," the spokesperson said.

"The upgrade involves expanding a total of 12 kilometres of Elizabeth Drive from a one-lane to a two-lane road in each direction, from The Northern Road in the west and from the M7 Motorway in the east, to the M12 Gateway at Badgerys Creek to cater for future growth.

"As a key connector for several road projects, expanding Elizabeth Drive to a dual carriageway, and adding a central median as a provision for a third lane in each direction, will improve safety and travel time reliability for local residents, businesses and the wider community."

The upgrade of Elizabeth Drive also involves improving pedestrian, cycling and bus stop facilities to boost safety for active and public transport users.

Funding for the Elizabeth Drive West and Elizabeth Drive East upgrades have been provided by Transport for NSW Metropolitan Road Precinct Planning (MRPP), and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) Special Infrastructure Contributions (SIC) respectively.

The Review of Environmental Factors will be on display for community consultation mid next year for Elizabeth Drive West and later next year for Elizabeth Drive East.

For more information visit the Elizabeth Drive upgrade project webpage.

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