$1.6 billion Northern Road upgrade in Western Sydney complete

The $1.6 billion Northern Road project in Western Sydney is now complete almost a year ahead of schedule, providing a continuous 36-kilometre dual carriageway from Narellan to Penrith.

The completion of the final section of the upgrade between Glenmore Park and Littlefields Road marks a major milestone in what is one of the largest projects being delivered under the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan – a $4.4 billion, 10-year program of works delivering new and upgraded roads in Western Sydney.

The project was jointly funded by the Australian Government and New South Wales Government, with the Australian Government committing $1.2 billion.

The four-year project created over 2,000 jobs, and required more than 200,000 cubic metres of concrete and 700,000 tonnes of asphalt.

The works have included the rerouting of the road for the future Western Sydney International Airport and major intersection upgrades, such as new bridgework across the M4 and improved access to communities such as Glenmore Park.

The upgrade used innovative ways to minimise environmental impacts, such as the use of crushed glass rather than sand in concrete, extensive use of recycled water (including captured stormwater) and the use of excess earth in landscaped screening mounds.

Further information on the upgrading of The Northern Road and Western Sydney road upgrades is available at roads-waterways.transport.nsw.gov.au

Quotes attributable to the Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP:

“The Morrison Government is working closely with the Perrottet Government to deliver transformational infrastructure projects across Western Sydney that boost economic growth, support local jobs and enhance the liveability of the region. 

“The Northern Road is an important north-south spine through Western Sydney, linking key infrastructure and communities throughout the Western Parkland City.

“This major upgrade will not only provide improved connectivity to local communities, it will be a critical transport connection to the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport when it opens at the end of 2026.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Minister for Trade and Industry, and State Member for Penrith the Hon Stuart Ayres MP:

“The Northern Road Upgrade is all about future proofing Western Sydney and reducing travel times to the new airport and Bradfield city centre.”

Quotes attributable to Federal Member for Lindsay, Melissa McIntosh MP:

“We’re delivering important infrastructure upgrades across our community that will cut down the daily commute for thousands of local families.

“The Northern Road upgrade will ease congestion and improve traffic flow, increase the efficiency of our public transport system, and enhance safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

“This project means more local people will spend less time in traffic, and more time building their business or being at home with their families – making our community an even better place for families to live and for businesses to thrive.”