Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

First section of The Northern Road Upgrade opens to traffic

Media Release

PF027/2018

04 April 2018

Joint release with:

Melinda Pavey

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists in Western Sydney are set to enjoy smoother, safer and faster journeys following the completion of works on the first section of The Northern Road Upgrade.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher, New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey and Member for Camden Chris Patterson today officially opened the 3.3-kilometre section of The Northern Road between The Old Northern Road at Narellan and Peter Brock Drive at Oran Park.

“This major project is part of our plan to improve access to Western Sydney as the region's population grows by an expected one million people by 2031,” Mr Fletcher said.

Once complete, the entire 35-kilometre $1.6 billion The Northern Road Upgrade between Narellan and South Penrith will provide a high quality connection to the new M12 Motorway which will be the front door to Western Sydney Airport when it opens in 2026.

Mrs Pavey said with more than 15,000 motorists using the road every day, it was essential to invest in the infrastructure needed to support ongoing growth in Sydney's west and south-west.

“This upgrade will support integrated transport in the region, delivering safer roads which will reduce travel times for Sydney's west and south west,” Mrs Pavey said.

Local businesses are capitalising on these major roadworks underway in Western Sydney, with a total of $174 million worth of contracts awarded within the local community.

“The residents of the Camden area have welcomed the new infrastructure giving them safer roads to travel on,” Mr Paterson said.

The 3.3-kilometre section of The Northern Road from Narellan to Oran Park includes three traffic light intersection upgrades, two new bridges over Narellan Creek and a three-metre-wide off-road shared path for cyclists and pedestrians.

The Australian and New South Wales governments are investing $3.6 billion in the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, providing essential road improvements for one of Australia's fastest growing regions.