Appin Road, new alignment at Cataract (eastern curves realignment)

Appin Road

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DEC 2018

DEC 2018Work to improve safety on Appin Road at Cataract completed

The NSW government funded the $885,000 improvement project between 2.1 km and 3.6 km east of Illawarra Street at Appin. The improvements included widening the centre line and road shoulders to increase the separation of traffic and to help reduce the risk of head-on crashes. Guardrails were also installed to help protect motorists from roadside hazards.

Work updates

On behalf of the NSW Government, Lendlease is investigating the proposed upgrade of Appin Road between Mt Gilead and Ambarvale. The proposal involves upgrading Appin Road from two to four lanes to reduce travel times and help unlock new housing in the area.

Survey, geotechnical and pavement investigation work will take place between Tuesday 1 August 2017 and Friday 20 October 2017, weather permitting, to inform the concept and detailed design process of the proposed upgrade. To find out more, please view or download the July 2017 notification.

Work was completed on 4 November 2016 on the safety upgrade on Appin Road, four months ahead of schedule. Work started in January 2016 to realign two curves with high crash rates approximately 2km northwest of Loddon Bridge, Cataract.

The upgrade included removing the two bends and replacing them with one larger bend, installing a median safety barrier and providing wider road shoulders to give motorists whose vehicles leave the road more room to recover.

The NSW Government allocated $6.35 million to improve safety on Appin Road at this location with a significant crash history.

Safety improvements completed in 2016 at the junction of Appin Road and the West Cliff Colliery access road included:

  • Intelligent warning signs to advise motorists using Appin Road when a heavy vehicle is exiting the side road were installed
  • Resurfacing to provide enhanced skid resistance

In addition, investigations are continuing into the feasibility of installing additional street lighting to increase visibility at the intersection.

Roads and Maritime has implemented a number of safety works along Appin Road both before and as a result of the Safety Review. Since 2011 this work has included:

  • Resurfacing of the southern section of Appin Road
  • Resurfacing of a section of Appin Road from Illawarra Street to Wilton Road
  • Assessing the use of mobile food and beverage vendors in rest areas to encourage drivers to take a break
  • Removal of 24 trees considered high risk due to their close proximity to the road between 1.65km south of Copperfield Drive and 3.3km north of Rixon Road to reduce the number of roadside hazards
  • Reduction of the 100 km/h speed zone to 90 km/h south of Appin, following a review of the speed zones conducted in consultation with NSW Police, Wollongong City Council, Wollondilly Shire Council and other stakeholders.

As well as the work above, Roads and Maritime has made safety improvements at various places along Appin Road by

  • Upgrading curve alignment markers
  • Installing additional curve warning and speed advisory signs, including electronic vehicle activated signs to warn motorists of curves ahead
  • Installing roadside safety barrier
  • Adjusting line marking, including making changes to some intersections
  • Installing advance intersection signs
  • Replacing missing guide posts and raised reflective road markers.

Background and Safety review

Appin Road is a main road which provides a key link for motorists travelling from the Illawarra to Campbelltown.

It is used for the transportation of freight from the coast at Port Kembla to south western Sydney via the town of Appin and passes through the Wollongong, Wollondilly and Campbelltown Local government Areas. It is sometimes used as an alternative route to Picton Road and has an average use of over 10,000 vehicles per day.

On behalf of the NSW Government, Lendlease is investigating the proposed upgrade of a three kilometre section of Appin Road from two lanes to four lanes between Mt Gilead and Ambarvale. This proposal will unlock new housing and reduce travel times as part of the NSW Government’s plans for the Greater Macarthur Priority Growth area.

The proposal for the widening of Appin Road includes the improvement of three intersections at Copperfield Drive and Kellerman Drive, Fitzgibbon Lane and Kellerman Drive and St Johns Road to reduce congestion and improve safety.

For further information on the proposed upgrade, please view or download the July 2017 notification.

In December 2012, the Minster for Roads and Ports, Duncan Gay, made a commitment to a safety review of Appin Road. This was completed in 2014 by Roads and Maritime Services and NSW Centre for Road Safety working with the NSW Police.

The review examined Appin Road from Kellerman Drive, Rosemeadow, to the Princes Highway at Bulli Tops. It examined crash history, roadside hazards, road surface condition, road signs and speed zones to identify potential safety improvements to Appin Road and made recommendations for the development and prioritisation of a program of works.

To obtain a copy of the review, please see the Centre for Road Safety website or download the Appin Road Safety Review directly.

Appin Road curves realignment
Work in progress to realign two curves on Appin Road.

Project documents

Community notifications

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Letter to residents - August 2018

Safety improvements to Appin Road



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Consultation Report - August 2014

Safety improvements on Appin Road, Gilead

Road Safety Investigation Report - March 2014

Kellerman Drive to Princes Highway, Road Safety Investigation Report



Contact us

For information on Appin Road safety project please contact:


Mail: PO Box 477, Wollongong, NSW 2520

For information on the proposed Appin Road improvements please contact:


Phone: 1800 810 680

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