The shovels were in the ground today along The Northern Road, with the first sod turned for the fourth stage of The Northern Road upgrade between Mersey Road at Bringelly and Eaton Road at Luddenham.
The upgrade is part of the Coalition and NSW governments’ $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan.
Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the upgrade would widen The Northern Road between Narellan and Penrith, busting congestion for motorists in Western Sydney.
“We want to get people home safer and sooner, and this upgrade will improve safety and increase road capacity while reducing travel times at the same time,” Mr Tudge said.
Overall, the $1.6 billion, 35 - kilometre upgrade, includes work from Glenmore Parkway to Jamison Road and from Peter Brock Drive to Mersey Road.
NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the fourth stage of the upgrade included building 5.5 kilometres of new road.
“Around 5.5 kilometres of new road will be built to realign a section of The Northern Road that currently runs through the Western Sydney Airport site,” Mrs Pavey said.
“More than 15,000 vehicles currently use this section of The Northern Road daily but this number is expected to significantly increase once the new Western Sydney Airport opens in 2026.
“The upgrade will help meet those new demands and is another piece of critical infrastructure that will support the Western Sydney community for years to come.”
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the commencement of the Stage 4 Upgrade to the Northern Road was another positive step forward in the delivery of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan.
“Our local roads plan is all about connecting our communities together with modern infrastructure to support growth and maximise opportunities in western Sydney,” Senator Payne said.
“Once complete, the Northern Road Upgrade will enhance access between Penrith and south western Sydney which will result in shorter travel times and boost motorist safety.”
Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said Stage 4 of The Northern Road upgrade between Mersey Road and Eaton Road was expected to open to traffic in 2021.
“Once complete, this major arterial upgrade will improve transport connections between Penrith, the M4 Motorway, Western Sydney Airport and all surrounding areas,” Mr Taylor said.
“A new pedestrian and cycling path will also be built on the western side of The Northern Road and pedestrian paths on the eastern side of The Northern Road where required.
“Thanks to the community and motorists for their patience and we’ll continue to keep everyone informed as the project progresses.”
State member for Camden Chris Patterson said Stage 4 of The Northern Road upgrade will be welcomed by Camden residents who use The Northern Road each day.
“I congratulate both the Coalition Government and the NSW Government on the continued road upgrades in and around the Camden area,” Mr Patterson said.
The Coalition Government has committed $1.2 billion towards the $1.6 billion Northern Road Upgrade, in partnership with the New South Wales Government.
For more information about the upgrade, visit http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydney-west/the-northern-road/stage-3/index.html.