Richmond Bridge duplication and traffic improvements

The Richmond Bridge duplication and traffic improvements have been identified as a longer term solution to help in reducing congestion in the Richmond area.

In May 2018, the NSW Government announced $25 million over four years for upgrades to the Richmond Road corridor between Richmond and North Richmond. This included funding to build improvements at the March Street and Bosworth Street intersection in Richmond and funding for planning for the duplication of Richmond Bridge to reduce congestion between Richmond and North Richmond.

Updates and announcements

March 2019

Roads and Maritime Services is continuing the assessment of traffic volumes, travel times, queue lengths and origin destination surveys at various locations within and around Richmond and North Richmond. This is part of the investigations for duplicating the Richmond Bridge over the Hawkesbury River and associated traffic improvements.

Road and Maritime will conduct the latest traffic study (PDF, 236Kb) from 4 March to 10 March 2019.

Traffic data including intersection and mid-block counts, queue length, travel time and origin destination surveys will be collected.

The cameras installed to collect the traffic data will be low resolution and directed towards the roads to capture traffic counts. They will not capture the faces of motorists and pedestrians.

December 2018

Roads and Maritime Services are currently assessing traffic volumes, travel times and queue lengths at various locations within and around Richmond and North Richmond as part of investigations for duplicating the Richmond Bridge over the Hawkesbury River.

Road and Maritime will conduct a range of traffic studies (PDF, 181Kb) at different times throughout the coming year to build an accurate traffic model that will best reflect the traffic conditions in the area.

Traffic counters including cameras were installed from Monday 10 December 2018 to collect traffic data and will be removed by Thursday 13 December 2018.

The cameras installed are low resolution and directed towards the roads to capture traffic counts. They will not capture the faces of motorists and pedestrians.

Project background

In April 2011 the Australian Government allocated $2 million to carry out planning and investigation work to reduce congestion on Richmond Bridge and approach roads between Richmond and North Richmond.

In 2012 Roads and Maritime Services published the Richmond Bridge and Approaches Congestion Study, which identified three key intersections to be improved:

  • Kurrajong Road and Old Kurrajong Road, Richmond (Stage 1)
  • March Street and Bosworth Street, Richmond (Stage 2)
  • Bells Line of Road and Grose Vale Road, North Richmond (Stage 2)

The Australian Government committed a further $18 million to improve these three intersections.

Roads and Maritime is delivering these intersection improvement projects in stages.

Roads and Maritime is now planning to duplicate Richmond Bridge to improve traffic flow between Richmond and North Richmond. In addition, Roads and Maritime is exploring options to improve connectivity between Sydney and the Central West of NSW in line with the Bells Line of Road Long Term Strategic Plan (2012).

Project benefits

The benefits of the Richmond Bridge Duplication and traffic improvements could include: 

  • providing a longer term solution to help in reducing congestion around the Richmond area.
  • reducing travel times
  • improving journey time reliability for public transport
  • improving active transport connections
  • improving longer term flood access for residents in Richmond and North Richmond

Community engagement

Community and stakeholder input is a key component of the project and Roads and Maritime is keen to hear local information and feedback as part of the early planning process.

Feedback and requests for comments will be sought via community information sessions, our online interactive mapping tool and the project team will also be available via phone and email.

As the project progresses, more information about the project, including how and when to provide feedback will be posted on this page.

Next steps

Roads and Maritime will be completing a traffic study and preliminary environmental investigations to inform the development of options. Roads and Maritime will also be engaging with the key stakeholders and the community in the coming months. A community update will be posted out to residents and businesses in the Richmond area.

Project documents

 

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