Frequently Asked Questions

  • An upgrade to Picton Road would improve accessibility to jobs, goods, services and education opportunities and better link between clusters of growing business activity. Improved access will give people more choice in where they work, live, study and visit, with both regions offering iconic landscapes, national parks, rivers, escarpments and south coast beaches.

    An upgrade would address the 139 crashes, including six fatal crashes and 35 serious injury crashes on this section of highway in the five years from 2015 to 2019. We are developing strategic options to upgrade Picton Road which can be used to identify and prioritise a program of work.

  • The Picton Road upgrade would cover the length of the Picton Road corridor between Wilton New Town and the M1 Princes Motorway. The interchange between Picton Road and the Hume Motorway is included as part of the investigation.

  • The project team are currently developing a strategic design and options for the potential upgrade. Once these have been completed we will carry out investigations to refine the preferred option.

  • Once finalised, the Strategic Business Case will be submitted to Infrastructure NSW (iNSW). The Strategic Business Case supports investment decision making and provides a clear definition of the service need, ensuring that any investment decision addresses the underlying ‘root causes’ of the problem/s, the service needs impacts on the community, focussing on benefits that will be realised when the service need is effectively addressed. The Strategic Business Case provides decision makers with the information needed to consider whether to further progress the proposal. In the interim, the Project Team will continue with investigation work and other assessments.

  • Preliminary investigations have started and the outcome of this work will be used to identify a preferred option. We will continue to engage and communicate with the community and key stakeholders as the project progresses.

  • Between 2015 and 2019 there were 6 fatal crashes and 35 serious injury crashes on Picton Road between the Hume Highway interchange and the M1 Princes Motorway. These resulted in 7 fatalities and 41 serious injuries. The Australian and NSW Governments have funded over $60 million in safety improvements on Picton Road since 2010, with the number of crashes falling by almost 25 per cent in recent years and the incidence of head-on crashes falling by almost 80 per cent.

  • About 22,300 vehicles a day use Picton Road, of which 23 per cent, or 5,100 are heavy vehicles. Traffic data shows daily volumes on Picton Road east of the Hume Motorway are increasing by about 800 vehicles per year (3.6 per cent per annum at 2021).

  • Our investigation work for the Picton Road upgrade will help us move one step closer to providing communities with improved transport connections (including improved freight efficiencies) between the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region and the Western Parkland City. Identified as a National Key Freight Route, Picton Road provides an important connection from Port Kembla and the Illawarra Region to the rapidly expanding Western Sydney industrial precincts and Moorebank Intermodal Terminal. As one of two major east-west links between the M1 Princes Motorway and M31 Hume Motorway, the corridor plays a significant role in the movement of goods and people from the region to Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and broader areas of western NSW.

  • We are working with Wollondilly Shire Council and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to ensure the Picton Road upgrade is integrated with the Wilton Growth Area vision.

  • An upgrade of Picton Road would support growing communities and businesses across Western Sydney and the Illawarra Shoalhaven by providing improved access to jobs, services, education and suppliers between the neighbouring regions. People regularly move between the two regions for employment, education and recreation, while goods are transferred between the two regions industrial precincts and intermodal facilities. In the future transport demands between these regions are expected to grow significantly.

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