$65 MILLION STAGE ONE OF SCHOFIELDS ROAD OPENS TO TRAFFIC
Written on the 30 June 2014 by Kevin Conolly
Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said a major NSW Government funded project to upgrade Schofields Road in Sydney’s north west was one third complete as stage one lanes open to traffic today.
Minister Gay was joined by local Member for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly and Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads and Member for Hawkesbury, Ray Williams.
“Motorists can now experience travel on a wider, safer, Schofields Road between Windsor Road and Tallawong Road at Rouse Hill with work complete on the $65 million stage one,” Minister Gay said.
“This project aims to improve travel time for all road users between the Rouse Hill and Marsden Park town centres, Schofields railway station and future North West Rail Link stations.
“We’ve fast-tracked stage two work between Tallawong and Veron Roads to start next month through a $135 million commitment, which includes $70 million from the Housing Acceleration Fund.
“As part of stage two, a 3.6 km section of road will be widened to four lanes and new traffic lights installed at the intersections of Hambledon, Boundary, Junction and Veron Roads and Railway Terrace.
Mr Conolly said safety for pedestrians and cyclists would also be improved with a new shared path with street lighting installed.
“The upgraded road will pass under the Richmond railway line near Schofields station and connect to Veron Road,” Mr Conolly said.
Public transport travel times will be improved with bus priority measures installed to improve peak hour trips and new bus bays installed to enable safer travel.
“Stage two work is expected to be completed by early 2017.
“The good news is sufficient road corridor is allocated along the whole upgrade to allow for the road to be widened to six lanes in the future.”
Mr Williams said the NSW Government had also provided $500,000 this financial year to continue planning the third and final stage.
“With detailed design well under way, investigations start today for the 2.5 km stage from Veron Road down South Street to Richmond Road,” Mr Williams said.
“Investigations will confirm the type of bridges required for stage three, which includes an extension of Schofields Road from Veron Road across Eastern Creek to Carnarvon Road.
“Investigations will be carried out between Veron Road, Schofields and Richmond Road at Marsden Park,” Mr Conolly said.
“We look forward to opening stage one lanes of Richmond Road between Bells Creek and Townson Road at Marsden Park next month, also a key road in the North West Growth Centre.”
Minister Gay said opening of Schofields Road and the near-completion of Richmond Road is a reminder the NSW Government is delivering better infrastructure for Western Sydney.
“Upgrade work for the $46 million stage one of nearby Richmond Road between Bells Creek and Townson Road was also fast-tracked to start in February 2014 and is expected to open in the next few weeks, weather permitting,” Minister Gay said.
“The NSW Government has fast tracked stage two and three 2.9km road work between Townson Road and 900 metres north of Garfield Road West through a $96 million commitment from the Housing Acceleration Fund.
“The work will start next month and is expected to be complete by end 2016, weather permitting.
“The NSW Government is widening Richmond Road from two lanes to a four lane divided road within the North West Growth Centre to improve travel on this key arterial corridor for motorists and to support surrounding land development.”
More information about the Schofields Road upgrade, including a submissions report responding to community feedback to the stage three Review of Environmental Factors and concept design is available at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects.
Author: Kevin Conolly
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