Around 35 kilometres of road will be upgraded as part of the $1.6 billion project, with stage four to build 5.5 kilometres of new road.
It is part of the NSW Governments’ $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure plan and aims to improve safety and increase road capacity while reducing travel times.
NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the upgrade will help meet demand when the new Western Sydney Airport opens.
“Around 5.5 kilometres of new road will be built to realign a section of The Northern Road that currently runs through the Western Sydney Airport site,” Mrs Pavey said.
“More than 15,000 vehicles currently use this section of The Northern Road daily but this number is expected to significantly increase once the new Western Sydney Airport opens in 2026,” she said.”
Senator Marise Payne said the commencement of the Stage 4 Upgrade to the Northern Road was a step forward in the delivery of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan.
“Our local roads plan is all about connecting our communities together with modern infrastructure to support growth and maximise opportunities in Western Sydney,” Ms Payne said.
“Once complete, the Northern Road Upgrade will enhance access between Penrith and south western Sydney which will result in shorter travel times and boost motorist safety.”
Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said Stage 4 of The Northern Road upgrade between Mersey Road and Eaton Road was expected to open to traffic in 2021.
“Once complete, this major arterial upgrade will improve transport connections between Penrith, the M4 Motorway, Western Sydney Airport and all surrounding areas,” Mr Taylor said.
“A new pedestrian and cycling path will also be built on the western side of The Northern Road and pedestrian paths on the eastern side of The Northern Road where required.