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

Work underway on a safer Picton Road and Hume Highway interchange

Media Release

WT021/2016

21 January 2016

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

Angus Taylor

Federal Member for Hume

Jai Rowell

NSW Member for Wollondilly

Work is underway to install traffic lights at the Picton Road and Hume Highway interchange as part of a $2.5 million safety upgrade to prevent crashes and save lives.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said traffic lights will be installed at the eastern and western ramps connecting Picton Road with the Hume Highway.

“The Australian and NSW governments are jointly funding this major safety upgrade,” Mr Truss said.

“Traffic lights will give motorists clear direction about who has right of way to help reduce the crash risk.”

NSW Minister for Roads Duncan Gay said measures will be in place during the works to limit disruption to motorists and ensure safety around the intersection.

“Works will involve the installation of queue detection technology at the Hume Highway off ramps to allow extra vehicles to pass through the traffic lights, which will limit the amount of traffic queuing back onto the highway,” Mr Gay said.

“An underboring machine has also been on site which drilled holes below the road surface, eliminating the need to excavate the road. This has minimised disruption to motorists and has allowed work to be carried out more quickly and safely.”

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said Picton Road has long been notorious as one of the state's most dangerous routes.

“There were 45 crashes at this intersection in the five years to December 2015, including one fatality and 18 crashes involving injuries,” Mr Taylor said.

“I am pleased to see another black spot fixed thanks to the Australian and NSW governments' ongoing investment in safety improvements.”

NSW Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell said major work will start next Monday 18 January and will occur on weekdays between 7am and 5pm, weather permitting.

“While work is being carried out a speed zone of 40 kilometres an hour will apply, increasing to 60 kilometres an hour outside of work hours,” Mr Rowell said.

“I would like to thank motorists for their patience as this important safety upgrade is carried out.”

The upgrade is expected to be completed by April 2016.

Further details about the concept design are available at the Roads and Maritime website at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects.