Local Federal and State Members Fiona Scott and Stuart Ayres have today invited the local community to have their say on a congestion busting package for Jane Street and Castlereagh/Mulgoa Roads, in Penrith.
“The Australian and NSW governments last year jointly committed $70 million to improve travel times and release the traffic bottleneck along Castlereagh/Mulgoa Road and at the Jane Street intersection. This section of road is a major pain point for our community which becomes heavily congested in peak times often backing up well past Coreen Avenue,” Fiona Scott said.
“Recently, the railway bridge underpass flooded twice causing massive delays. In some cases the congestion has taken in excess of two hours to clear. This busy intersection no longer meets the needs of our community.
“Investigations have clearly demonstrated the bulk of traffic are travelling in a North/South direction from Castlereagh Road on to Mulgoa Road and beyond.
“Investigations found widening Castlereagh Road from Museum Drive through to Union Street on Mulgoa Road, as well as improving the Jane and High Street intersections would significantly improve traffic movement. It would also fix the railway underpass from flooding once and for all.
“As two infrastructure governments working together to build the roads of the 21st century, we have listened to our local community and we committed to fixing this vital artery in our city.
“This upgrade comes over and above our joint $3.6 billion western Sydney infrastructure package, an investment in our future and sure to transform the region’s economy, slash travel times for motorists and create many new local jobs,” Fiona Scott added.
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomed the update on this vital local infrastructure.
“This congestion busting package of work includes widening the existing rail underpass to allow three lanes in each direction on Castlereagh Road and a left turn lane into Jane Street,” Stuart Ayres said.
“We all know these roads need greater capacity. So we are getting on with the job of fixing it.”
“It’s now time for the community to have their say on the preferred option to build an additional lane north and southbound on Mulgoa Road and Castlereagh Road between Museum Drive and Union Road.
“This is a commonsense solution to a well know problem area,” added Stuart Ayres.
“Additional capacity would also be provided for vehicles turning left onto Mulgoa Road from Jane Street, right onto High Street from Mulgoa Road and left onto High Street.”
A community update will be distributed this month to local residents inviting them to have a say and to help refine the preferred option with further work to be carried out to develop longer term improvements. The Update is also available on the RMS website. Written feedback is invited by Friday 30 January to Jane Street and Mulgoa Road infrastructure upgrades c/o Roads and Maritime Services, PO Box 973, Parramatta CBD NSW 2124, or by email to [email protected]