Sydney Clearways Program

The NSW Government is acting to reduce congestion and delays on Sydney’s roads by installing new and extended clearways.

In December 2013, the NSW Government published the Sydney Clearways Strategy which identified routes on Sydney’s road network that could benefit from new clearways.

Roads and Maritime Services is delivering the clearways program. Since 2013, we have installed 620 kilometres of clearways on some of Sydney’s busiest corridors.

Read or download the Sydney Clearways Strategy for more information.

Clearways announcement

Clearways engagement

Installed clearways

What's next?

We are continuing to investigate roads as identified in the Sydney Clearways Strategy that would benefit from new and extended clearways.

What is a clearway?

A clearway is a section of road where stopping or parking is prohibited. Buses and taxis are permitted to stop when dropping off or picking up passengers.

Preliminary investigations show that clearways can help manage congestion in many areas of Sydney by allowing motorists to use all traffic lanes.

For consistency across the road network and to make it easier for road users, clearway hours are standard across the network. Wherever possible, we use the following standard hours:

  • weekday morning (6am – 10am)
  • middle of weekday (10am – 3pm)
  • weekday afternoon (3pm–7pm)
  • weekend short day (9am – 6pm)
  • weekend long day (8am – 8pm)
  • 24 hours across seven days (At All Times)

$21 million was committed to the implementation of the Sydney Clearways Strategy as part of the $246 million Pinch Point Program.

In November 2014, the NSW Government committed a further $100 million to the implementation of the strategy bringing the total value of the clearways program to $121 million. Read the media release for more information.

How do clearways reduce congestion?

Clearways help reduce congestion on many Sydney roads where the road is close to capacity and parking disrupts the flow of traffic

When vehicles are parked in the kerbside lane, fewer lanes are available to traffic and road users are also forced to merge from the kerbside lane which can create significant delays and queues.

By removing the parking, an additional lane is available for road users which helps traffic flow and manage congestion.

Clearways also allow us to tow vehicles that are stopped illegally or broken down.

This ensures all lanes are available to traffic when they are needed most.

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