Busting Congestion: Baird Government To Target Busiest Roads In The Hills And Western Sydney

Motorists in the Hills and Western Sydney will spend less time stuck in traffic under the
Baird Government’s $300 million plan to tackle congestion on Sydney’s busiest roads.

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott and Seven Hills State Liberal candidate Mark Taylor said a re-elected Baird Government would make relieving traffic congestion in the Hills and Western Sydney a priority.

The 32 road corridors to be targeted include:

  • Cumberland Highway, at $18 million;
  • Pennant Hills Road, at $9 million;
  • Old Windsor Road, at $15 million; and
  • James Ruse Drive, at $1 million

“We want people to spend more time with their families and friends – not stuck in traffic,” Mr Elliott said.

“The funding will allow key pinch point projects to be undertaken along these roads to reduce congestion, improve traffic flows and cut travel times.”

Mr Taylor said a re-elected Baird Government will allocate $300 million from Rebuilding NSW to tackle pinch points on 32 road corridors over the next ten years, beginning in
2015-16.

“The Baird Government’s Rebuilding NSW plan is a once in a generation opportunity to tackle congestion in Sydney through investment in public transport, major road projects and upgrades to the existing road network,” Mr Taylor said.

“These corridors have been identified by Infrastructure NSW and Transport for NSW as being among the worst corridors in Sydney and strategic priorities for tackling congestion.”

Mr Baird said that the plans were part of a broader strategy to deal with congestion in Sydney, including:

  • The 33km Westconnex, the largest road project in Australia;
  • The 9km Northconnex, with construction underway;
  • Widening the M5 West and M2, both of which are now open;
  • Providing 10,500 additional public transport services per week; and
  • NSW’s largest ever investment in public transport infrastructure, with the South West Rail Link complete, the North West rail link under construction, and planning for a 60 percent increase in rail capacity as a result of the Sydney Rapid Transit project.

By undertaking works such as improving intersections, road widening and lengthening or widening turn bays, it is estimated the program will deliver:

  • Up to 15km/h increases in average travel speeds on links approaching upgraded intersections.
  • Up to 50 percent travel time savings on the approach to intersections during peak periods.
  • Flow on improvements to adjacent intersections.

“This is a Government that continues to address Sydney’s congestion and is investing in improvements that will deliver immediate benefits to motorists right across Sydney,” Mr
Baird said.