Construction to begin within weeks on Werrington Arterial road

Media Release

JB009/2015

16 February 2015

Joint release with:

Fiona Scott

Federal Member for Lindsay

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight

Tanya Davies

NSW Member for Mulgoa

The Australian and New South Wales governments are delivering world-class infrastructure with the announcement of Burton Contractors Pty Ltd as the preferred tenderer for the Werrington Arterial Road project.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said the Werrington Arterial Road would help cater for Western Sydney's rapid growth.

“The Werrington Arterial Road forms part of our joint $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan and will deliver a stronger road network for a region that is expected to grow from two million to three million people in the next 20 years,” Mr Briggs said.

“Not only will this project generate economic benefits of almost four times the initial investment, it will also reduce congestion for motorists, improve access to employment growth areas in the region and provide better links between the M4 and Great Western Highway.

“The Australian Government is committed to building the infrastructure Western Sydney needs and our record investments deliver on that commitment.”

Federal Member for Lindsay Fiona Scott said the tender announcement would provide certainty for residents.

“Considering the growth Western Sydney will experience, this project will ensure residents have a road network that is up to the task,” Ms Scott said.

“For families that will mean more time at home and less time in traffic, and overall a better quality of life.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said with the tender awarded, construction was on track to begin within weeks.

“This is a growing corridor that supports jobs and freight but will also take pressure off local roads providing relief for local communities,” Mr Gay said.

“The upgrade is expected to be completed in late-2016 and together with other major upgrades in the area will transform this part of Western Sydney.”

New South Wales Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said she was looking forward to construction beginning.

“Now that Burton Contractors have been announced as the preferred tenderer, residents of Western Sydney will be able to take advantage of new job opportunities on offer,” Tanya Davies said.

“Although construction won't be finished until late-2016, this project will be immediately beneficial to the region.”

“This project will be great news for those people advocating for a new road between the M4 Motorway and the Great Western Highway to increase capacity from Claremont Meadows and near the Western Sydney Werrington/Kingswood Campus.

“This major project will also help reduce congestion on Mamre Road and The Northern Road and will provide huge relief on the M4 interchanges,” Tanya Davies.

The Australian Government committed up to $35 million to the $70 million construction project, with the New South Wales Government funding the remainder.