The Hon Barry O’Farrell MP
Premier of NSW
Minister for Western Sydney
NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Barry O’Farrell and Roads Minister Duncan Gay today hit go on the upgrade of a key arterial road to support new housing and jobs in Western Sydney.
Mr O’Farrell turned the first sod on the Richmond Road upgrade between Bells Creek and Townson Road at Marsden Park – a key commitment in this year’s budget.
“We brought forward this vital project because of its importance to supporting new housing and employment lands in Western Sydney,” Mr O’Farrell said.
“Richmond Road is a key arterial road for the North West Growth Centre – it will link the new residential and employment lands to the M7.
“Families buying a new home in Sydney’s growth areas want to know the government will deliver the essential infrastructure like upgraded roads to make these neighbourhoods function.
“Unlike the previous Labor Government, we are committed to delivering infrastructure to support the new housing we are fast-tracking - in this year’s budget we allocated $481 million to the Building the State package to fast-track critical infrastructure.
“This $46 million first stage of the Richmond Road upgrade covers a 1.9km section and will support the delivery of more than 12,000 new homes and 10,000 jobs in Western Sydney.”
Roads Minister Duncan Gay said new housing and employment areas are rapidly developing along Richmond Road.
“Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will start work on Monday to upgrade Richmond Road from two lanes to a four lane divided road starting with earthwork, drainage, relocating utilities and building new road surfaces,” Mr Gay said.
“The NSW Government fast-tracked stage one of the Richmond Road upgrade to improve safety for motorists using this road and cater for industrial and residential developments around Marsden Park to the M7 Motorway.
“The project will feature an upgraded intersection with traffic lights at Townson Road and intersections to serve the Colebee Precinct and Marsden Park Industrial precinct. “Richmond Road passes through the North West Growth Centre and forms the main north south corridor connecting the proposed industrial and residential developments around Marsden Park with the M7 Motorway.
“Richmond Road also provides connections to Windsor and Richmond in the north and Blacktown and surrounding areas of Western Sydney to the south.
“The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for stages one and two between Bells Creek and Vine Street West was displayed in November 2011. Stage one was allocated funding to start work in the 2012/13 State Budget.
“In June 2012 the NSW Government announced $56 million would be provided from the Housing Acceleration Fund for stage two work to upgrade Richmond Road between Townson Road and Grange Avenue. “Work on stage two is expected to start in mid-2014 and be completed during 2015/16.
“The REF and concept design for stage three of the Richmond Road upgrade from Grange Avenue to the South Creek floodplain is being prepared.”
For further information on the Richmond Road upgrade visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects