The $1.6 billion upgrade of The Northern Road has reached another major milestone with the remaining section of work between Elizabeth Drive and Littlefields Road recently opening to traffic.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the opening of the remaining 1.6 kilometre section marks not just the completion of another stage of the project, but a step closer towards the completion of the entire 30-kilometre upgrade.
“Last year we opened two kilometres of the 3.6 kilometre section of the road between Eaton Road and Elizabeth Drive, and it is now great to see the remaining section of this stage open to traffic as we get closer the project finish line,” Mr Ayres said.
“The upgrade involved duplicating The Northern Road between Eaton and Littlefields roads to deliver a dual carriageway in each direction, increasing capacity for future growth.
“Public transport has also been improved with the addition of bus priority intersections, and safety for pedestrians and cyclists has been boosted with a new shared user path.
“This section has also provided a connection to the future M12 Motorway, which will be completed prior to the Western Sydney International Airport opening in 2026.”
Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said the The Northern Road upgrade is part of a suite of crucial infrastructure being upgraded now ahead of the expected population and economic growth.
“As the population grows in the west, it is critical we continue to deliver infrastructure like The Northern Road on time,” Mrs Davies said.
“The Northern Road is a key north-south route between Liverpool and Penrith and will form one of the main arterial transport corridors within the South West Growth Area.
“With the amount of traffic using The Northern Road expected to increase with the rise in residential and commercial development, the upgrade will increase road capacity, reduce congestion and boost safety.
“This is part of our commitment to build roads for western Sydney and invest in the region’s infrastructure in advance of population growth, where a further one million people are expected to be living by 2031.”
Following the completion of the entire upgrade, The Northern Road will provide easier, faster and safer travel for motorists travelling through western Sydney and help support the new Western Sydney Airport.
The entire upgrade of The Northern Road is due to open to traffic by next year.
For more information about The Northern Road upgrade, visit rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/the-northern-road