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Northern Road upgrade reaches crucial final stage for transport operators

  • Posted on Monday 12th, August 2019.

Integrated transport in Sydney's congested west and southwest is expected to receive relief as the sixth and final stage of the Northern Road Upgrade nears completion.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the new and improved road at Luddenham, Eaton Road and Littlefields Road will improve access, safety and travel times for road transport across the region.

“The Australian Government has committed $1.2 billion towards The Northern Road Upgrade and we are getting on with the job of delivering new and improved transport for the residents and motorists of Western Sydney,” he said.

New South Wales Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the works at Luddenham were Stage 6 of the broader upgrade of The Northern Road.

“Once complete, the entire 35-kilometre upgrade of The Northern Road between Narellan and South Penrith will provide a high-quality connection with the M7 and M12 motorways and support Western Sydney’s growing population,” he said.

All upgrades were part of the Australian and NSW governments’ $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan to improve safety, reduce travel times and bust congestion.

While the upgrades are reported to make life easier and safer for motorists once Stage 6 was complete, the journey to and from the new Western Sydney International Airport at Badgerys Creek would be accessible via four-lane divided road.

Vehicle numbers of up to 15,000 use the sections on the Northern Road daily, with these estimated to rise significantly once the airport is operational in 2026.

The 35-kilometre upgrade of The Northern Road between The Old Northern Road and Jamison Road is expected to be completed in 2022, weather permitting.

The Australian Government has committed $1.2 billion towards the $1.6 billion The Northern Road Upgrade project, with the NSW Government committing the remainder.

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