Green Light for Werrington Arterial Stage 1

Media Release

JB106/2014

13 October 2014

Joint release with:

Hon. Duncan Gay MLC

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight;
Leader of the Government Legislative Council

The Australian and New South Wales Governments are getting on with building a stronger and more prosperous Western Sydney by today committing $70 million towards the Werrington Arterial Road Stage 1 upgrade and announcing tenders for construction.

This new funding increases our joint Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan to $3.6 billion further boosting the region's productive capacity to capitalise on the economic gains from developing an airport at Badgerys Creek and cutting journey times for residents travelling to the M4.

Assistant Infrastructure Minister Jamie Briggs and NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the project will create a new link between the Great Western Highway and the M4 Motorway by widening Kent Road and Gipps Street into a four lane dual carriageway.

Tenders to build the project have now been called from prequalified contractors until Wednesday 12 November. It means work is on track to start early next year and be completed in 2016.

The upgrade will take a significant amount of pressure off The Northern Road and Mamre Road, saving motorists time and money.

With the first stage of the new Werrington Arterial Road set to reduce congestion on multiple road corridors in the area, there are sizeable benefits on offer—in fact, every dollar spent on the new road will provide a return of 3.7 times the initial investment through productivity gains.

Environmental assessment, project design and community consultation have taken place on this project already, which means we are well progressed and ready to start construction early in 2015 with completion expected in the second half of 2016.

A new north-south corridor will give the St Marys industrial area better access to the major freight routes, and help cater for western Sydney's growing population.

Our joint $3.6 billion investment over 10 years in major infrastructure upgrades will transform the region's economy and create 4,000 new jobs, making Western Sydney an even better place to live and do business.

The Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan also includes $509 million to upgrade Bringelly Road, $1.25 billion to build a new 14 km motorway between the M7 Motorway and The Northern Road and further funding to improve local roads.