The NSW Government is investing $2.5 billion towards upgrading the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow to a four lane carriageway. Once completed, the upgrade will reduce congestion and deliver safer, more efficient and reliable journeys for those travelling in, around and through the Blue Mountains, while also better connecting communities in the Central West.
The first, of many rounds of consultation, closed in December 2019. We want to thank the community for providing valuable feedback. We have now published the Community Consultation Summary Report which responds to the 1759 submissions received from community members in and beyond the Blue Mountains. View or download the Community Consultation Summary Report.
In June to August 2020, we consulted with the community in Medlow Bath on a strategic design for the duplication of the Highway in the town centre. A Consultation Summary Report is available that summarises and responds to issues important to the community. This included beedback to deliver immediate safety upgrades at Foy Avenuye and Belleview Crescent. Work will start in January 2021 to widen the highway at Bellevue Crescent and Foy Avenue while designs are refined for the full duplication of the highway through Medlow Bath.
In October and November 2020, we consulted with the community in Blackheath regarding route options. A Consultation Summary Report is currently being prepared and will be available in early 2021.
Medlow Bath Safety Works
Immediate safety upgrades are planned at Bellevue Crescent and Foy Avenue as part of the Great Western Highway Upgrade Program. The early safety upgrades are being delivered in response to community feedback.
Work will start in January 2021 to widen the highway at each intersection and provide a dedicated right hand turn lane and through lane.
This work will provide an immediate safety benefit to local traffic at Medlow Bath, which will be further enhanced when longer term work to duplicate the Highway through the town starts in 2022.
View the plans for the safety upgrades map.
Read more about the safety upgrades here in December 2020 notification.
The NSW Government has progressively upgraded sections of the highway to make it safer and reliable with the most recent project at Kelso opened to traffic in March 2017. In 2018, $30 million was announced to upgrade the highway between Kelso and Raglan.
There have already been important safety improvements delivered through the safety upgrade program along the Great Western Highway at Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Forty Bends. This work has seen improved road surfaces, intersection upgrades, and lane widening delivered as part of the $250 million investment by the Australian and NSW governments.
In June-August 2020, Transport for NSW consulted with the community in Medlow Bath on a strategic design for the duplication of the Highway in the town centre. A Consultation Summary Report (PDF, 3.7Mb) is available that summarises and responds to issues important to the community, including feedback to deliver immediate safety upgrades at Foy Avenue and Bellevue Crescent. Work will start in January 2021 to widen the highway at Bellevue Crescent and Foy Avenue while designs are refined for the full duplication of the highway through Medlow Bath.
In November and December 2019 Transport for NSW held the first round of community consultation on the proposed upgrade from Katoomba to Lithgow. The Community Consultation Summary Report (PDF, 18.4Mb), summarises what you have told us so far, and allows us to provide information on key areas that you are interested in, like the environment and road use, safety, village impacts, and freight.
The Blackheath Co-Design Committee (BCC) was formed by Transport for NSW in March 2020, following feedback from the community. The Committee included stakeholder group representatives, selected community representatives, and representatives from the Blue Mountains City Council and emergency services.
The BCC was not a decision making body, but the outcome of the BCC is an important input into the Government’s decision-making process for determining a preferred route option and design as the program progresses.
The Committee’s unanimously preferred option, of the options available, is for a long tunnel underneath Blackheath.
- View or download the report on the BCC process and findings (PDF, 12Mb), produced by independent facilitators KJA.
- View or download the BCC fact sheet (PDF, 1.95Mb).
Minutes of meetings
View or download:
- Meeting minutes from the fifth meeting held on Wednesday 19 August 2020
- Meeting minutes from the fourth meeting held on Wednesday 5 August 2020 (PDF, 321Kb)
- Meeting minutes from the third meeting held on Wednesday 1 July 2020 (PDF, 366Kb)
- Minutes from the site inspections held on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 June 2020 (PDF, 750Kb)
- Meeting minutes from the second meeting held on Wednesday 3 June 2020 (PDF, 501Kb)
- Meeting minutes from the first meeting held on Wednesday 6 May 2020 (PDF, 295Kb)
18 December 2020
Contracts awarded for Great Western Highway upgrade works
17 December 2020
Safety drives highway upgrade at Medlow Bath
30 October 2020
More time to have your say on Blackheath tunnel
12 October 2020
Tunnel options best fit for Blackheath
1 October 2020
Heading west this long weekend? Making your journey home faster and safer
28 September 2020
Contract awarded for Great Western Highway upgrade through Medlow Bath
17 August 2020
Major progress being made on $8 million Great Western Highway safety upgrades at Meadow Flat
6 August 2020
Medlow Bath residents have more time to consider Great Western Highway design
7 June 2020
Medlow Bath residents invited to have their say on Great Western Highway design
4 June 2020
Two possible bypasses of Blackheath considered by committee
10 June 2020
Great Western Highway upgrade west of Lithgow
13 May 2020
Locals have their say on Great Western Highway upgrade
28 February 2020
Blackheath locals to help co-design Great Western Highway upgrade
3 December 2019
Blackheath community invited to meeting to learn more about the Great Western Highway upgrade
7 November 2019
Have your say on Great Western Highway
11 March 2019
Green light for $2.5 billion Great western highway duplication
If you have any questions or would like more information please contact our project team:
Phone: 1800 953 777
Post: Great Western Highway Upgrade Program - PO Box 2332, Orange NSW 2800