Have your say on Great Western Highway

18 November 2019

The community will help shape plans for the $2.5 billion duplication of the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow, which will deliver a safer, faster route over the Blue Mountains.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the upgrade would reduce travel times and congestion along the 34 kilometre route.

“As someone who drives the Great Western Highway each week, I know how much of a game-changer this project will be for safety and congestion, especially in communities like Medlow Bath, Blackheath and Mount Victoria,” Mr Toole said.

“It will deliver a safer, faster route over the mountains and dramatically improve connectivity with the Central West.”

Mr Toole said the Great Western Highway was the last main corridor out of Sydney to be upgraded and once complete would see dual carriageway in both directions for almost 100 kilometres.

“We took a promise to the election to build this because we know it is crucial for better connections to the Central West and improving productivity,” Mr Toole said.

“We’ve always said it will be a complex project, which is why we’re involving the community in the design from day one.”

Mr Toole said a proposed corridor between Mount Victoria and Forty Bends had been reserved in 2013, and was part of both Blue Mountains City Council and Lithgow City Council’s Local Environment Plans.

“We recognise the challenges of this. We need to work around steep topography, the rail line, minimise impacts on the environment and preserve the heritage and character of these communities. That’s why we want the community’s feedback.”

The project will not impact on the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, and impacts on the Blue Mountains National Park will be avoided or minimised where possible.

Mr Toole said the project was in the early stages of planning and design, with construction expected to commence in 2021 and to be completed in 2028.

Community consultation will take place from Thursday, 7 November and will close at 5pm on Monday, 16 December. It will include nine community information sessions at Katoomba, Medlow Bath, Blackheath, Hartley Valley, Mount Victoria and Lithgow.

Key Facts

Recent Investments in the Great Western Highway




Source:  NSW Government - www.planning.nsw.gov.au

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External Links: 

Visit the project webpage for more information, https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/great-western-highway/katoomba-to-lithgow/index.html

Visit the interactive portal to have your say, https://v2.communityanalytics.com.au/rms/great-western-highway

Vision available, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwddnjCIYZY.

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