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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

Construction begins on Werrington Arterial Road

Media Release

JB017/2015

09 March 2015

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight
Leader of the Government, Legislative Council

Fiona Scott

Federal Member for Lindsay

Tanya Davies

NSW Member for Mulgoa

The Australian and NSW Governments today marked the start of construction on the $70 million Werrington Arterial Road project.

The Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs said the two infrastructure governments were getting on with building better roads for Western Sydney.

“The Werrington Arterial Road forms part of our joint $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan to slash travel times for motorists and help grow the local economy,” Mr Briggs said.

“Not only will this project generate economic benefits of almost four times the initial investment, it will also reduce congestion and provide better links between the M4 and Great Western Highway.

“The Australian Government is committed to building the quality infrastructure Western Sydney needs and our record investments are delivering on that commitment.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said New South Wales has seen record investment in roads with major projects now underway.

“Roads to support a future second airport, WestConnex, NorthConnex and the Pacific Highway are amongst our biggest investments and are all underway,” Mr Gay said.

“These projects mean improved travel times and road safety for motorists, better access to growth areas for jobs and housing and lower transport costs for freight operators.”

Federal Member for Lindsay Fiona Scott said the works were commencing merely weeks after the announcement of Burton Contractors Pty Ltd as the preferred tenderer.

“The Australian Government is getting on with delivering key infrastructure projects in Lindsay and I am pleased to see major investment in road projects creating thousands of jobs in the Western Sydney region,” Ms Scott said.

“The Werrington Arterial Road project will improve north-south road capacity, improve access to employment growth areas in the region and relieve congestion on existing routes.

New South Wales Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said she was delighted to see Werrington Arterial Road starting to take shape.

“Traffic congestion in Western Sydney can be problematic at the best of times, with residents having to spend less time at home while they negotiate a congested road network,” Mrs Davies said.

“Many residents are looking forward to seeing the completion of this project next year.”

The Werrington Arterial Road project was jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments', with both governments contributing up to $35 million each.