The NSW Government is investing $2.5 billion towards upgrading the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow. The program will provide safer, more efficient, more reliable journeys, and better connect communities with 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.
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 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.
Transport for NSW has established the Blackheath Co-Design Committee to discuss and refine route options for upgrading the Great Western Highway through Blackheath. Options will then be made available for broader community consultation.
The Committee is made up of Great Western Highway Upgrade Program team members, key local stakeholders, community representatives and Blue Mountains City Council representatives.
Transport for NSW supports the Government’s response to COVID-19. To ensure the safety of our staff and customers, we are hosting the Blackheath Co-Design Committee meetings online at this time.
View or download the meeting minutes from the first meeting held on Wednesday 6 May 2020 (PDF, 295Kb).
View or download the meeting minutes from the second meeting held on Wednesday 3 June 2020 (PDF, 501Kb).
Members of the Blackheath Co-Design Committee include:
- Blackheath Public School P&C: Ally Drinkwater
- Blue Mountains Historical Society: Ross Ingram
- Blue Mountains Cycling Safety Forum: Damien Mah
- Save Centennial Glen: Juliet Bourke
- Save Station Street: Sally Hollis
- Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre: Gary Moore
- Blackheath Area Community Alliance: Eva Johnstone
- Blackheath Streetscape Group: Adele Colman
- Blackheath Chamber of Commerce: George Vergotis
- Blackheath Highway Action Group: Gary McCue
- Mick Beltran
- Gregory Nankervis
Medlow Bath residents invited to have their say on Great Western Highway design
7 June 2020
Two possible bypasses of Blackheath considered by committee
4 June 2020
Great Western Highway upgrade west of Lithgow
10 June 2020
Locals have their say on Great Western Highway upgrade
13 May 2020
Blackheath locals to help co-design Great Western Highway upgrade
28 February 2020
Blackheath community invited to meeting to learn more about the Great Western Highway upgrade
3 December 2019
Have your say on Great Western Highway
7 November 2019
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