The Australian and NSW governments are planning for the future with the development of a corridor for an east-west link between Appin Road and Menangle Road to support future growth in the Greater Macarthur Growth Area.
MAY 2021Current activities
The NSW Government recently exhibited four route options for the proposed Link Road, a new east-west connection between Appin Road and Menangle Road. The community consultation period is now closed and Transport for NSW is reviewing the community’s feedback. See Project Information on this page for further detail.More information
In addition, Transport for NSW is continuing to work closely with other agencies, including the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, on a number of important issues in the Greater Macarthur Growth Area, including:
- Protecting koala corridors and providing habitat revegetation;
- Implementing the recommendations of the Chief Scientist and Engineer report, Advice on the protection of the Campbelltown koala population;
- Aligning strategic planning to the draft Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan; and
- Adopting the Government Architect’s recently released Connecting with Country Framework.
While this work continues, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Technical Assurance Panel (TAP) pilot program, which was established for two precincts in the Greater Macarthur Growth Area (Appin and Gilead), has been temporarily placed on hold.
The program is a new way for state agencies, councils and landowners to work together to undertake strategic investigations for precincts. The pilot aims to ensure the development proponent addresses key local, state and strategic issues, before the lodgement of any formal rezoning proposal.
Transport for NSW will keep the community informed of any updates as its work with agencies on koala protection and other issues in Greater Macarthur progresses.
You can read more about the TAP pilot on the NSW planning website.
Transport for NSW developed an Options Report for the proposed east-west link between Appin Road and Menangle Road and requested community feedback on a short list of four route options. The community consultation period is now closed.
We will now summarise comments and questions received during our public consultation and publish our responses in a Community Consultation Report. The report will be available on the project website.
We will use the feedback received to help select a preferred route option for the Link Road. We will continue to keep community members and other stakeholders informed as the project progresses.
The Link Road Corridor Study started in October 2018 to identify options for the proposed east-west link road (the Link Road). The Link Road would provide a key connection between Appin Road, Gilead and Menangle Road, Menangle Park and support growth in the region.
The Link Road would also provide access to the future Spring Farm Parkway Stage 1 and the Hume Motorway.
A future Stage 2 of the Spring Farm Parkway would complete the connection from Appin Road to the Camden Bypass.
- Provide an efficient east-west link across the Greater Macarthur Growth Area
- Cater for active and public transport
- Integrate with existing and future land uses
- Minimise environmental impact
- Ensure the safety for all users
- Maximise value for money.
Transport for NSW consulted with key stakeholders including the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Campbelltown City Council to identify a long list of nine route options within the study area.
Key constraints within the study area were also identified including:
- Aboriginal heritage
- Air quality
- Biodiversity (flora and fauna)
- Landscape character and visual amenity
- Land use
- Noise and vibration
- Non-Aboriginal heritage
- Utilities (gas, electricity, water supply, sewer, local quarry and gas plant)
- Water quality.
The project team also developed criteria to measure each option for traffic efficiency, active and public transport, land use, environmental impact, value for money and safety.
Consultation with key stakeholders continued and each of the nine options were assessed in detail using the identified constraints and criteria. The nine options were short-listed to four options and key stakeholders identified their recommended option. The community and other stakeholders were invited to provide feedback on the four short-listed options. Feedback from this consultation period will be used in the decision to select a preferred route.
Further information on the assessment process can be found in the Link Road Corridor Study Options Report (4.92Mb).
The four short-listed options would include:
- A dual carriageway connection between Appin Road and Menangle Road
- Four lanes with a wide central median that would allow an additional travel lane in each direction, if required in the future
- 80 km/h speed limit Bridges or drainage structures to cross creeks and flood prone land
- Noise mitigation where the road is close to existing communities. The exact locations would be confirmed during further design.
For more information please contact the project team:
Phone: 1800 519 505
Mail: Link Road Corridor Study, Transport for NSW, PO Box 973 Parramatta CBD NSW 2124