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 on the Northern Road Upgrade drives ahead

Media Release

AT029/2018

19 November 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Melinda Pavey MP

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Senator for NSW
Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Hon Angus Taylor MP

Federal Member for Hume

The shovels were in the ground today along The Northern Road, with the first sod turned for the fourth stage of The Northern Road upgrade between Mersey Road at Bringelly and Eaton Road at Luddenham.

The upgrade is part of the Coalition and NSW governments’ $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan.

Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the upgrade would widen The Northern Road between Narellan and Penrith, busting congestion for motorists in Western Sydney.

“We want to get people home safer and sooner, and this upgrade will improve safety and increase road capacity while reducing travel times at the same time,” Mr Tudge said.

Overall, the $1.6 billion, 35 - kilometre upgrade, includes work from Glenmore Parkway to Jamison Road and from Peter Brock Drive to Mersey Road.

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the fourth stage of the upgrade included building 5.5 kilometres of new road.

“Around 5.5 kilometres of new road will be built to realign a section of The Northern Road that currently runs through the Western Sydney Airport site,” Mrs Pavey said.

“More than 15,000 vehicles currently use this section of The Northern Road daily but this number is expected to significantly increase once the new Western Sydney Airport opens in 2026.

“The upgrade will help meet those new demands and is another piece of critical infrastructure that will support the Western Sydney community for years to come.”

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the commencement of the Stage 4 Upgrade to the Northern Road was another positive step forward in the delivery of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan.

“Our local roads plan is all about connecting our communities together with modern infrastructure to support growth and maximise opportunities in western Sydney,” Senator Payne said.

“Once complete, the Northern Road Upgrade will enhance access between Penrith and south western Sydney which will result in shorter travel times and boost motorist safety.”

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said Stage 4 of The Northern Road upgrade between Mersey Road and Eaton Road was expected to open to traffic in 2021.

“Once complete, this major arterial upgrade will improve transport connections between Penrith, the M4 Motorway, Western Sydney Airport and all surrounding areas,” Mr Taylor said.

“A new pedestrian and cycling path will also be built on the western side of The Northern Road and pedestrian paths on the eastern side of The Northern Road where required.

“Thanks to the community and motorists for their patience and we’ll continue to keep everyone informed as the project progresses.”

State member for Camden Chris Patterson said Stage 4 of The Northern Road upgrade will be welcomed by Camden residents who use The Northern Road each day. 

“I congratulate both the Coalition Government and the NSW Government on the continued road upgrades in and around the Camden area,” Mr  Patterson said.

The Coalition Government has committed $1.2 billion towards the $1.6 billion Northern Road Upgrade, in partnership with the New South Wales Government.

For more information about the upgrade, visit http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydney-west/the-northern-road/stage-3/index.html.