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$1 billion for Western Sydney critical roads upgrade

The NSW Government has today announced a $1 billion investment from its WestInvest fund for upgrades to critical roads across Western Sydney.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the major investment in the road network would keep people moving, reduce congestion and boost flood resilience.

“Western Sydney is booming and we are making sure that families who live across this fast growing region have the very best roads and infrastructure to keep them moving,” Mr Perrottet said.

“This $1 billion investment in critical upgrades to major roads across the region is a game changer and will make sure that Western Sydney continues to grow and thrive.

“We are backing Western Sydney communities by making their roads safer, making sure they spend less time and getting tradies and other business to where they need to go quicker.”

The Premier said the investment was part of the State Government’s long-term economic plan for Western Sydney, which includes targeted cost of living measures including toll relief, $16 billion for critical transport infrastructure, more than $480 million on local hospitals and health services, and the construction of new schools.

Treasurer, Matt Kean said the funding would significantly improve the safety profile of the critical Western Sydney corridors.

“The increased productivity which results from these road improvements will inject millions of dollars into the state’s economy which benefits every single person across NSW,” he said.

Minister for Metropolitan Roads, Natalie Ward said the improvements were also targeted to improve flood evacuation routes for families in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley and around Pitt Town.

“We are working towards widening Garfield Road East to a four-lane divided road, providing a flood evacuation route with increased capacity as well as a better connection to the communities of Marsden Park, Box Hill, Richmond, Schofields and Rouse Hill,” Mrs Ward said.

“The Pitt Town Bypass is also a project the community has been calling for so I’m incredibly pleased we can deliver it, significantly increasing the community’s resilience to flooding events.”

The funding will support a range of significant road projects across 15 Local Government Areas, including:

  • $200 million for safety improvements on Elizabeth Dr at critical sections between Devonshire Rd and Western Road, Kemps Creek;
  • $100 million to construct the Pitt Town bypass which has been identified as a crucial project following recent flooding events in the Hawkesbury-Nepean valley;
  • $100 million to enable the upgrade of a 3.4 kilometre section of Garfield Road East between Piccadilly Street, Riverstone and Windsor Road, Box Hill;
  • $600 million for roads infrastructure upgrades to be delivered within the 15 eligible WestInvest Local Government Areas, to be determined.

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