Transport for NSW is investigating options to upgrade Picton Road between the Wilton Growth Area and the M1 Princes Motorway, including the interchange with the Hume Motorway.
In November 2020, the NSW Government announced $44 million to plan for an upgrade of Picton Road between the Wilton Growth Area and the M1 Princes Motorway. Picton Road is an important transport corridor linking the Illawarra Region with Sydney and the Greater Macarthur Growth area.
It is a major link between the M1 Princes Motorway and the Hume Motorway, and plays a significant role in the movement of goods and people as well as serving new housing development and employment growth.
Our investigation work for the Picton Road upgrade will help us move one step closer to providing communities with improved transport connections between the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region and the Western Parkland City. The extent of the investigation is between the Wilton Growth Area and the M1 Princes Motorway, including the interchange with the Hume Motorway.
We are developing strategic options to upgrade Picton Road which can be used to identify and prioritise a program of work. Community consultation and feedback collected in Aug/Sept 2021 will form part of the design development.
Detailed design for priority upgrades are expected to be completed over the next four years.
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In February 2019, Infrastructure Australia added the need to address capacity and safety issues on Picton Road to the Infrastructure Priority List (IPL). The IPL is a prioritised list of nationally significant investments that provides decision makers with advice and guidance on specific infrastructure investments that will underpin Australia's continued prosperity.
The Picton Road safety and capacity improvements is listed as a Priority Initiative that will need to be addressed within the next 5 to 10 years.
The purpose of the Picton Road upgrade strategic business case is to identify and prioritise a range of projects to meet the changing customer demands of Picton Road in the short to medium term.
Upgrading Picton Road was also identified as key to meeting the demand for additional freight and improved safety in the NSW Freight and Ports Plan for 2018-2023.
The primary objectives of the upgrade program will be to:
- Improve safety for transport customers using the corridor
- Enable more reliable and efficient trips between Western Sydney, the Wilton Growth Area and the Illawarra-Shoalhaven to support future population and employment growth
- Increase connectivity and liveability for communities serviced by the corridor, while supporting sustainable transport choices
- Improve efficiency and access for freight
- Provide a resilient transport corridor that seeks to conserve and respect cultural heritage and the natural environment, including habitat and biological diversity
Transport for NSW is currently completing the strategic business case for the Picton Road upgrade.
The business case will explore the issues and challenges currently experienced by customers on the corridor, develop holistic options to realise benefits for these customers and identify and prioritise a program of work for Picton Road. This will guide the development of Final Business Cases for priority projects.
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 community consultation period closed on 13 September 2021. The team is carefully considering all feedback received and preparing a consultation report.
A community consultation report summarising matters raised and our responses will be made available on this website. We will keep you updated as the proposal progresses.
For further information on this project please contact:
Mail: Picton Road upgrade, PO Box 477, Wollongong NSW 2521
Phone: 1800 290 613