Design for M7 flyover connection and more lanes on Richmond Road

Richmond Road will get more lanes and a dedicated flyover connection from the M7 Motorway under designs for upgrade work released today. 

An additional $260 million from the Australian Government announced in the recent Federal Budget matches the $260 million committed to the project by the NSW Government to ensure the project is delivered. 

Widening work for Richmond Road will be a direct benefit to the fast-growing communities between Richmond and Blacktown, including the nearby suburbs of Marsden Park, Berkshire Park, Colebee and Riverstone. 

Richmond Road is the primary arterial route for those communities to access the M7, making it a vital connection to places of work, businesses and schools around  Western Sydney. 

The planned 2.2 kilometre upgrade between Townson Road and the motorway at Colebee will improve traffic flow, reduce congestion and enhance safety on Richmond Road, with early work commencing from 2027. 

Improvements include expanding lane capacity from four to six lanes, as well as a new concrete bridge over Bells Creek featuring a separated pedestrian and bicycle path.  

Intersection upgrades will improve safety for pedestrians, with new staged crossings at Townson Road and Alderton Drive, while additional dedicated right-turn lanes onto Hollinsworth Road and Rooty Hill Road North will address congestion at these intersections.   

An extended right-turn lane onto the southbound lane of the M7 Motorway will increase capacity for queueing vehicles. 

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Quotes attributable to Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:

“The Australian Government is making critical investments in Western Sydney to cement its future as a hub for growth and a place of opportunity.

“Our funding for this vital project is part of a $1.9 billion commitment in the recent Federal Budget towards 14 new projects across Western Sydney.”

Quotes attributable to NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Prue Car:

“Upgrading Richmond Road is vital to keeping our community in North West Sydney moving. 

“For far too long local residents have endured traffic congestion because of the former government’s poor planning. 

“This critical project, backed by both the NSW and Australian Government, will see improved traffic flow on this vital road."

Quotes attributable to NSW Minister for Roads John Graham: 

“More than 89,000 vehicles a day use Richmond Road in this area making it a vital connector to jobs, schools and sport and a gateway to the North West Growth Area.

“The community relies on Richmond Road and addressing the stretch between Townson Road and the M7 will provide more lanes and a better connection from the motorway.

“The flyover bridge design we outline today will bypass two sets of traffic lights which will make a significant difference in time spent in traffic for this community and motorists in wider western Sydney.”

Quotes attributable to Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic:

"Long suffering motorists and local businesses really have paid the price for the refusal of previous federal and state governments to seriously invest in fixing Richmond Road.

"Around 89,000 vehicles travel through the Richmond Road and Rooty Hill Road North intersection every day.

"This $520 million commitment by both the Federal and State government will be welcome news for residents - and it’s also crucial to attract businesses and grow local jobs."