Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today joined Melissa McIntosh MP, Member for Lindsay at the construction site where the new rail bridge currently sits ready to replace the old bridge in coming weeks.
Stuart Ayres said the Mulgoa/Castlereagh Road upgrade will provide better road connections to the Penrith city centre and ease congestion at key intersections.
“The Australian and NSW governments are getting on with building the vital infrastructure needed to support growth in Sydney’s west and south-west,” Stuart Ayres said.
“This includes the upgrade of the Mulgoa Road/Castlereagh Road corridor which carries thousands of motorists each day.”
Stuart Ayres said as part of the upgrade, the existing rail underpass will be widened to provide three through lanes in each direction between Union Road and Museum Drive.
“The new rail bridge will be installed using a number of Self-Propelled Modular Transporter’s which have been imported from Belgium,” Stuart Ayres said.
“Once the old rail bridge is demolished, the new bridge on the Self-Propelled Modular Transporter’s will be moved into its final position by specialist crews.
Mrs McIntosh said this will be the first time Self-Propelled Modular Transporter’s have been used to install a completed bridge in Australia.
“This is a major achievement for the project, with months and months of planning carried out to prepare for the installation of the new rail bridge.”
“This upgrade is another great example of the partnership between the Australian and NSW Governments working together to provide better access to Penrith for locals and visitors.”
“Once complete this project will have provided more than 1,000 jobs.”
Motorists are reminded Castlereagh Road will be closed between Jane Street and Thornton Drive from 10pm Wednesday 25 to 5am Tuesday 31 December.
Public transport customers are also reminded the Blue Mountains Line between Penrith and Bathurst will be closed between 2am Thursday 26 December and 10pm Monday 30 December. Trains will still operate on the T1 Western Line between Penrith and Sydney CBD.
Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, allow extra travel time and avoid the area if possible.