More local roads to be upgraded around Western Sydney Airport

Media Release

JB077/2015

06 July 2015

Joint release with:

The Hon. Duncan Gay MLC

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

The Australian and New South Wales governments have today invited funding proposals for the second round of the $200 million Local Roads Package around the Western Sydney Airport.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said the Local Roads Package is part of the joint $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, which is delivering the infrastructure to support Western Sydney's growth and the new airport at Badgerys Creek.

“Funding is available for eligible councils to improve the productivity and safety performance of the local road network which will surround the new airport,” Mr Briggs said.

“The Australian and NSW governments are committed to supporting Western Sydney's long term economic growth and ensuring the road infrastructure is delivered first and the airport second.

“Our joint $3.6 billion investment over 10 years in major infrastructure upgrades will transform Western Sydney's economy and create 4,000 jobs in preparation for the airport's opening by the mid-2020s.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay said Round Two builds on the first group of successfully funded local roads projects, which are expected to get underway this month.

“Communities in Western Sydney will soon notice a surge in construction activity on key roads around the new airport site, including upgrades on Eagle Vale Drive, Cumberland Highway, and Wetherill Street,” Mr Gay said.

“The upgrades focus on delivering direct improvements at pinch points along these corridors including the installation of traffic lights, roundabouts and additional turning lanes.

“As part of Round Two, we now invite councils including Camden, Wollondilly, Penrith, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Liverpool and Blacktown to put in proposals for funding.

“Successful Local Roads Package Round Two projects will be announced later this year.”

For more information on the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au.