Building New South Wales' Transport Infrastructure for the 21st Century

Media Release


13 May 2014

Joint release with:

Jamie Briggs

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Abbott Government has made a record $14.9 billion investment to build the infrastructure of the 21st Century for New South Wales.

The funds provided in the 2014–15 Federal Budget are part of the Government's Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy, boost productivity and create thousands of new jobs.

The Government's Infrastructure Investment Programme will provide economic benefits for New South Wales.

Congestion in our towns and cities costs the economy billions of dollars every year in lost productivity.

Better roads means less congestion, faster travel times and lower fuel costs.

The Abbott Government's investment in New South Wales will also improve freight transport linkages to key domestic and export markets.

New South Wales projects include:

  • Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan: This includes upgrades to The Northern and Bringelly Roads, a new motorway from the M7 to The Northern Road and a $200 million local roads package
    • Federal contribution: $2.9 billion
  • Pacific Highway duplication: Completion of the upgrade of the Pacific Highway to a dual carriageway by the end of the decade.
    • Federal contribution: $5.6 billion
  • WestConnex: Construction of a 33km motorway linking Western and South-Western Sydney with the city, Kingsford Smith Airport and port precincts.
    • Federal contribution: $1.5 billion plus a concessional loan of up to $2 billion
  • Northern Sydney Freight Corridor: Capacity upgrades across the 155km rail corridor between Sydney and Newcastle to reduce congestion, improve freight capacity and passenger train reliability.
    • Federal contribution $691.6 million
  • NorthConnex: Construction of twin three-lane tunnels linking the M1 and the M2 Motorways.
    • Federal contribution: $405 million
  • M1 Productivity Package: Capacity improvements in four sections of the M1 Pacific Motorway.
    • Federal contribution: $195.8 million

$6.6 billion of new investment across Australia is being fast-tracked in the Budget to build much-needed economic infrastructure. It includes $3.0 billion for New South Wales.

By working closely with the New South Wales Government and through new financing and delivery arrangements for projects such as WestConnex, we can invest in more productivity-enhancing projects and build them even faster.

Funding will also continue over the next six years for road maintenance, with $2.5 billion for Roads to Recovery and $565 million for Black Spots, in addition to our new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.

The funds for New South Wales make up the largest share of the Government's $50 billion infrastructure plan in the 2014–15 Budget.

The new Infrastructure Investment Programme will deliver $40.8 billion between 2013–14 and 2018–19, with a further commitment of $4.5 billion budgeted for 2019–20 onwards.

Despite the Budget mess left by Labor, the Abbott Government is embarking on a significant platform of projects to drive economic growth, slash travel times in our major cities and create thousands of jobs for a more productive future.

New South Wales—Key Projects

Key projects listed below do not include road maintenance funding, Black Spot Projects, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, Roads to Recovery or Untied Local Grants.

Barton Highway Safety Works Package
  • A package of safety improvements on the single lane sections of the highway between Canberra and Yass
8.6 South East NSW
Bucketts Way
  • Upgrade of Bucketts Way.
16.0 Gloucester
Bolivia Hill Realignment
  • Realignment of the New England Highway at Bolivia Hill.
80.0 Bolivia
General Holmes Drive level crossing grade separation
  • Construction of a new road underpass and railway bridge at Wentworth Avenue.
40.0 Kingsford Smith Airport/Port Botany
Gilmore Safety Package
  • Various road safety upgrades
5.0 South Coast
Great Western Highway (Katoomba to Lithgow)
  • A package of priority safety upgrades of the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow.
173.5 Katoomba to Lithgow
Jane Street Extension
  • Extension of Jane Street Penrith to Great Western Highway at High Street.
35.0 Penrith
Jensen Road, Wadalba
  • Upgrade of Jensen Road.
0.4 Wadalba
Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads
  • Upgrade of Kennedy Drive.
3.3 Tweed Heads
Langford Drive and Woy Woy Road Intersection
  • Upgrade of Langford Drive and Woy Woy intersection at Kariong
0.7 Kariong
M1 Productivity Package
  • Capacity improvements to four sections of the M1 Pacific Motorway.
195.8 Central Coast
M4 Managed Motorway
  • Planning works for a managed motorway system on the M4 from Merrylands to Lapstone.
3.0 Western Sydney
Maldon to Dombarton Rail Link Design Stage
  • Planning work including detailed design for the future construction of the railway.
10.8 Maldon to Dombarton
Moree Bypass Stage 2
  • Construction of the final stage of the Moree Bypass on the Newell Highway.
15.0 Moree
Mt Ousley Upgrade
  • Construction of four additional climbing lanes on Mt Ousley Road between Picton Road and Bulli Pass.
42.0 Mt Ousley
Narellan Road
  • Upgrade of Narellan Road from four lanes to six lanes between Camden Valley Way and Blaxland Road.
53.0 Narellan
Newcastle Port—Kooragang Island Connectivity
  • Duplication of the Tourle Street Bridge and approaches in Newcastle.
40.0 Newcastle
  • Construction of twin three-lane tunnels linking the M1 and the M2 Motorways.
405.0 Sydney
Northern Sydney Freight Corridor
  • Capacity enhancements to reduce congestion, improve freight capacity and passenger train reliability
691.6 North Sydney
Pacific Highway
  • Completion of the upgrade to dual carriageway of the Pacific Highway by the end of the decade.
5,640.0 North Coast
Port Botany Rail Access (Stage 2) [ARTC]*
  • Increase capacity and improve efficiency of freight rail operations on the Port Botany Rail Line.
67.0 Port Botany
Port Botany Rail Line Upgrade (Stage 3)
  • Upgrade tracks on the Port Botany Rail Line and investigate capacity enhancements to the Southern Sydney Freight Line
75.0 Port Botany
Richmond Bridge
  • Upgrade of the approach roads to Richmond Bridge and associated intersections.
18.0 Richmond
The Ridgeway, Gosford
  • Upgrade of Ridgeway Road.
2.4 Gosford
Riverside Drive, Nambucca Heads
  • Stabilisation and reconstruction of sections of Riverside Drive between the tourist information centre and the northern entrance to Woodbell Street.
5.0 Nambucca Heads
Scone Level Crossing
  • Construction of the Scone Bypass and  improvement to cross-town connectivity.
45.0 Scone
Shoalhaven River Bridge Planning
  • Planning for an additional crossing of the Shoalhaven River.
10.0 Shoalhaven
Tenterfield Heavy Vehicle bypass – Planning
  • Planning for a potential future heavy vehicle bypass of Tenterfield.
2.2 Tenterfield
Werrington Arterial – Planning
  • Scoping and development phase for the Stage 1 works between the M4 Motorway and the Great Western Highway at Claremont Meadows.
2.4 Werrington
  • Construction of a motorway linking Western and South-Western Sydney with the city, Kingsford Smith Airport and port precincts. 
  • The Australian Government will also provide a concessional loan of up to $2 billion to accelerate delivery of Stage 2 by up to 18 months.
1,500.0 Sydney