Richmond Bridge intersection officially opens as Ross Street submissions near the finish line

Media Release

PF052/2015

08 December 2015

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

Louise Markus

Federal Member for Macquarie

Stuart Ayres

NSW Member for Penrith

Western Sydney residents are seeing continued roads investment in the region with the completion of the Kurrajong Road/Old Kurrajong Road intersection as part of the $20 million Richmond Bridge upgrade.

The intersection opening comes as submissions for the Ross Street Intersection upgrade are set to close on 11 December.

Federal Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher said these projects form part of the Australian Government's extensive investment programme in the Western Sydney region.

“As well as our commitment to Western Sydney Airport, our $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, in conjunction with the NSW Government, is delivering a wide range of new and upgraded roads,” Mr Fletcher said.

“The $5 million Ross Street intersection upgrade is a small but important component of this plan which will ensure traffic continues to move efficiently throughout the region.

“Importantly, we are also investing in other projects that sit outside the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan. This includes the Richmond Bridge upgrade which will facilitate the movement of traffic on the Bells Line of Road and Kurrajong Road.”

Federal Member for Macquarie Louise Markus said the opening of one of three intersection upgrades on the Richmond Bridge approaches had already reduced travel times for residents.

“The Richmond Bridge upgrade will see improvements to two other intersections at Bells Line of Road/Grose Vale Road/Terrace Road and Kurrajong Road/March Street/Bosworth Street,” Mrs Markus said.

“Work on stage one included widening the intersection and providing a new dedicated right turn lane from Kurrajong Road into Old Kurrajong Road and a new dedicated left turn lane from Old Kurrajong Road onto Kurrajong Road.” 

New South Wales Minister for Roads Duncan Gay said community feedback was essential in delivering the best possible road safety outcome for the Great Western Highway/Ross Street intersection at Glenbrook.

“The community is being invited to have a say on the preferred option for the $5 million safety upgrade of this intersection,” Mr Gay said.

“Feedback is being invited on four potential options for the upgrade until Friday 11 December.”

New South Wales Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said the milestones being reached on a variety of projects in recent times were an encouraging sign.

“Just recently there's been the release of the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the airport as well as the start of a scoping study for rail in Western Sydney,” Mr Ayres said.

“The works on Richmond Bridge—along with work on other projects as part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan—build on our commitment to accommodate future growth, improve safety and reduce travel times in one of Sydney's fastest growing regions.”

For more information on the Western Sydney airport and Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan visit http://westernsydneyairport.gov.au/