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 over 570 kilometres of clearways on some of Sydney’s busiest corridors.
Read or download the Sydney Clearways Strategy for more information.
- Richmond Road – the M7 Motorway to Third Avenue – Dean Park to Blacktown
- King Georges Road – the M5 Motorway to Stoney Creek Road – Beverly Hills
- Cabramatta Road West, Elizabeth Drive to Cumberland Highway – Bonnyrigg to Cabramatta West
- Pittwater Road, Collaroy
- Old South Head Road - Bondi Junction to Bondi
- Eastern Valley Way and Clive Street - Roseville Chase to Northbridge
- Barrenjoey, Pittwater and Manly roads – Mona Vale to the Spit
- Condamine Street, Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation and Manly Road – Brookvale to The Spit
In the 2018-19 financial year we have already installed 150 kilometres of clearways, bringing the total new and extended clearways installed since December 2013 to approximately 1166 kilometres.
- Bexley Road – Canterbury Road to Forest Road – Campsie to Bexley
- Kissing Point Road – James Ruse Drive to Stewart Street – North Parramatta to Dundas Valley
- Old Northern Road - Showground Road to Windsor Road - Castle Hill to Baulkham Hills
- Third Avenue and Sunnyholt Road – Richmond Road to Old Windsor Road – Blacktown to Stanhope Gardens
- South Dowling Street, Southern Cross Drive and General Holmes Drive – Moore Park to Mascot
- Hume Highway, Cumberland Highway to Henry Lawson Drive – Liverpool to Villawood
- Cabramatta Road, Cumberland Highway to Hume Highway – Cabramatta
- Castle Hill Road - Castle Hill to West Pennant Hills
- Castle Hill Town Centre - Cecil Avenue, Terminus Street, Old Northern Road, Pennant Street and McMullen Avenue
- New South Head Road - Rushcutters Bay to Double Bay
- The Horsley Drive, Cumberland Highway and Hume Highway – Smithfield to Carramar
- Henry Lawson Drive, Forest Road and Stoney Creek Road - Padstow Heights to Penshurst
- Lyons Road - Five Dock to Drummoyne
- Taren Point Road – Taren Point to Caringbah
- Windsor Road - Castle Hill to Baulkham Hills
- Great Western Highway - Blacktown
- Pacific Highway - Wahroonga to Pymble
- Elizabeth Drive – Cecil Hills to Liverpool
In the 2017-18 financial year we installed 226.2 kilometres of clearways, bringing the total new and extended clearways installed since December 2013 to 420.9 kilometres.
- King Georges Road - Penshurst to Blakehurst
- Old Windsor Road – Kellyville Ridge to Glenwood
- Forest Way - Belrose to Frenchs Forest
- Warringah Road - Roseville Bridge to Beacon Hill
- Showground Road - Windsor Road and Old Northern Road, Castle Hill
- Roberts Road and King Georges Road - Beverly Hills to Greenacre
- Old Windsor Road Glenwood to Constitution Hill
- Centennial Avenue and Burns Bay Road - Lane Cove to Huntleys Point
- Pacific Highway Chatswood to Artarmon
- Windsor Road and Church Street - Baulkham Hills to Parramatta
- Victoria Road - Parramatta to Ermington
- Cleveland Street - Camperdown to Moore Park
- Carlingford Road - Carlingford to Epping
- Boundary Street and Babbage Road - Roseville to Roseville Chase
- Punchbowl Road - Punchbowl to Croydon Park
- Pennant Hills Road - Oatlands to Wahroonga
- James Ruse Drive, Briens Road and Old Windsor Road - Clyde to Constitution Hill
- Marsden Road – Dundas Valley to Carlingford
- Old Princes Highway, The Grand Parade, Linden Street, The River Road and Bangor Bypass - Kirrawee to Menai
- Epping Road - Epping to Lane Cove
- Stacey Street - Bankstown to Padstow Heights
In the 2016-17 financial year we installed 87 kilometres of clearways, bringing the total new and extended clearways installed since December 2013 to 194.7 kilometres.
In the 2015-16 financial year we installed 91.2 kilometres of clearways, bringing the total new and extended clearways installed since December 2013 to 107.7 kilometres.
- Concord Road, Homebush Bay Drive and Centenary Drive - Rhodes to Strathfield
- Devlin Street, Church Street and Lane Cove Road - Ryde to North Ryde
- Great Western Highway, Church Street and Parramatta Road - Parramatta to North Strathfield
- Lane Cove Road - North Ryde to Macquarie Park
- Princes Highway - Kirrawee to Blakehurst
In the 2014-15 financial year we installed 12.5 kilometres of clearways, bringing the total new and extended clearways installed since December 2013 to 16.5 kilometres.
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.