Appin Road improvements

The Australian and NSW governments are funding two individual projects to improve Appin Road. These would improve safety and support affordable housing in the Greater Macarthur Growth Area.

Traffic on Appin Road
Traffic on Appin Road

Project background

Appin Road is a busy state road which caters to thousands of vehicles each day, including many trucks carrying freight between Wollongong and Sydney’s south-western suburbs.

The road extends across three Local Government Areas including Campbelltown City Council, Wollondilly Shire Council and Wollongong City Council. Appin Road is predominantly one lane in each direction, with some two lane sections providing overtaking opportunities.

Roads and Maritime Services plans to improve safety and increase road capacity on Appin Road with two proposed projects:

What is happening now?

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and concept design for Appin Road upgrade, and the REF and strategic design for Appin Road safety improvements were on exhibition from Monday 19 November to Friday 14 December 2018. A number of information sessions were also held in the local area. Community members and other stakeholders were invited to comment on the REF and concept/strategic design for the proposals.

A total of 132 submissions were received in response to the community consultation activities and exhibition of the REF, including 84 for Appin Road upgrade and 48 for Appin Road safety improvements. Key matters raised included the following:

  • Koala safety, habitat and connectivity
  • Traffic and access
  • Heritage
  • Utilities.

We thank everyone for taking the time to consider the projects and for providing feedback.

Roads and Maritime has considered all matters raised and provided responses in a submissions report for Appin Road upgrade and Appin Road safety improvements.

What happens next?

The submissions were reviewed to assist in determining approval for each of the projects. After considering all feedback and responses, along with the aims and design requirements for each project, we have decided to proceed with Appin Road upgrade and Appin Road safety improvements. However, in response to concerns around protecting fauna in the area, we will install additional fauna fencing at Noorumba Reserve as part of Appin Road upgrade.

Planning for each of the projects will now progress to finalise detailed design and any further environmental considerations for the projects.

Roads and Maritime will continue to consult with key stakeholders and work collaboratively to reduce fauna deaths on Appin Road. We will continue to keep you informed of progress throughout delivery of the projects.

Project timeline

Project timeline illustration

Next steps for each project:

  1. Preliminary site investigations
  2. Strategic or concept design
  3. Environmental assessment
  4. Community comments on strategic or concept design and Review of Environmental Factors
  5. Submissions report
  6. Project determination
  7. Detailed design - WE ARE HERE
  8. Start of construction - subject to project approval.

Ongoing community engagement throughout the project lifecycle.


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