Planning starts for Elizabeth Drive upgrade

27 November 2018

NSW Government: The NSW Government is planning for the future with $3.3 million allocated to start investigations for proposed improvements to Elizabeth Drive between the M7 Motorway at Cecil Hills and The Northern Road at Luddenham, as well as Rickard and Hoxton Park roads.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said thousands of road users already travel along Elizabeth Drive each day to access residential and business precincts, including Erskine Park Industrial Estate, but this number is expected to grow significantly once the new Western Sydney Airport opens in 2026.

“With more than five million people already living in Greater Sydney, the NSW Government is planning ahead for the expected growth in the region,” the spokesperson said.

“Roads and Maritime is starting important investigations to identify options to improve Elizabeth Drive between Cecil Hills and Luddenham to further support the new Western Sydney Airport and the Western Parkland City.

“These investigations will include preliminary engineering and environmental field investigations as well as strategic modelling and are expected to be completed by the end of next year.

“This early planning work will investigate the possible scope for an upgrade of Elizabeth Drive between the M7 Motorway and The Northern Road as well as upgrades to Rickard and Hoxton Park roads to help meet future needs of the Western Sydney region.”

The spokesperson said the NSW Government is committed to supporting the delivery of the new Western Sydney Airport and the Western Parkland City – planning for the Elizabeth Drive corridor as well as Rickard and Hoxton Park roads forms a major part of this commitment.

“The NSW Government is getting on with the job of future proofing the planned Western Sydney Aerotropolis which is expected to support around 200,000 new jobs,” the spokesperson said.

“Western Sydney is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia and work is being carried out to address the expected increase in congestion.

“The Australian and NSW governments are already investing $3.6 billion to deliver new and upgraded roads to support integrated transport in the region and capitalise on the economic benefits from developing the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek.

“This is an important piece of work for the future of Western Sydney and demonstrates infrastructure planning is underway to support the future growth of the area.”

 

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