Richmond Bridge

New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements

The Australian Government and NSW Government have committed $500 million for traffic improvements including a new bridge over the Hawkesbury River between Richmond and North Richmond. The Australian Government funding of $400 million is being provided through its commitment to the Hawkesbury River Third Crossing via the Infrastructure Investment Program.

Latest news

APR 2022

APR 2022New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements

New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements, Stage 1 - The Driftway - Review of Environmental Factors determination.

Following public display of a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) between November and December 2021, Transport is progressing with the upgrades to The Driftway as Stage 1 of the New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements project.

Transport has prepared a detailed Submissions Report which summarises comments or questions received during the public display and our responses. View the Submissions Report (PDF,4.1Mb).

Following consideration of issues raised during the public display some minor changes have been made to the design.

View the April community update (PDF,287.1Kb).

DEC 2021

DEC 2021The Driftway (Stage 1) REF closed

The consultation period for the Review of Environmental Factors closed on 10 December 2021.

We thank the community and stakeholders for their feedback during this time.

A submissions report will be published which will summarise the comments or questions received for the project and our responses.

NOV 2021

NOV 2021Preferred option consultation update

Transport consulted with the community and stakeholders on a preferred option (Green) for the New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements project from 7 June to 17 September 2021.

The consultation feedback has provided important information about what matters to the local community. We are continuing to analyse that feedback and will also undertake further investigations and engagement with stakeholders and community on particular aspects of the project as required. This will allow us to determine a final preferred option that delivers the greatest community benefits within the allocated funding budget for the project.

Following further investigations and consultation, we will confirm a preferred option, as well as publish a consultation report.

View our November community update (PDF,388Kb) to learn more about what we heard.

SEP 2021

SEP 2021Preferred Option consultation closed

The consultation period for the Preferred Option closed on 17 September 2021.

We thank the community and stakeholders for their feedback during this time.

Your feedback is important and will be considered over the coming months in the concept design phase. We will publish a consultation report that responds to issues raised during the consultation period, and explain how these issues raised were considered and helped to improve the project’s design.

The community will also have further opportunities to provide feedback as part of the formal environmental assessment process.

And while this period of consultation has closed, we will continue to talk to the community and stakeholders about the project and consider their feedback.

If you would like to know more about the project, please email richmondbridge@transport.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 370 778.

Project information

The bridge between Richmond and North Richmond provides a vital crossing of the Hawkesbury River, and carries an average of 31,000 vehicles per day with a single lane in each direction.

In 2013, Transport for NSW prepared the Richmond Bridge and approaches congestion study: Preferred short-term and long-term options report. The study identified the need for additional bridge capacity and three intersection upgrades to improve travel times and journey time reliability and provide for future growth. So far we have:

  • upgraded the intersection of Kurrajong Road and Old Kurrajong Road
  • upgraded the intersection of Bells Line of Road and Grose Vale Road
  • made significant progress on the upgrade of the intersection of March Street and Bosworth Street.

What are we trying to achieve?

The key objective of this project is to reduce congestion between Richmond and North Richmond and build for future growth. We also aim to improve:

  • journey time reliability
  • connectivity between Bells Line of Road and the main road network
  • flood resilience
  • amenity and support economic development in the town centres of Richmond and North Richmond
  • safety along the road corridor between Richmond and North Richmond
  • public and active transport connections.

In November 2019 we asked for community feedback on five route options being investigated.

  • over 210 people attended the two community information sessions.
  • over 750 individual comments were received across the feedback platforms.

The community feedback indicated levels of support and concern for each of the proposed options. However, there was strong support from the community and key stakeholders for the route to avoid both town centres as far as possible. The feedback for each option has been considered in the options assessment.

Feedback from stakeholders and the community on the preferred option will be considered prior to confirming the preferred option and during concept design and environmental assessment. The community will be consulted again as part of the environmental assessment on the proposal.

Transport will continue to engage with the community and key stakeholders such as Hawkesbury and Penrith City Councils through the next phase of design.

Community information

Project notifications

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New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements - Stage 1 The Driftway

Community Update April 2022

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September 2021 project notification

Day investigation work on The Driftway, Londonderry from 6 September.

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January 2021 project notification

Day and night investigation work on Londonderry Road, Richmond from 1 February.

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January 2021 project nofication

Day and night investigation work on Londonderry Road, Richmond from 1 February.

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November 2020 project notification

Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements project, investigations on The Driftway, Richmond.

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March 2019 project notification

Richmond Bridge duplication and traffic improvements investigations continuing.

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December 2018 project notification

Richmond Bridge duplication and traffic improvements investigations underway.

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Community updates

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November 2021 - community update

New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements - The Driftway (Stage 1) Review of Environmental Factors on display

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November 2021 community update

New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements Preferred option consultation update

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August 2021 information sheet

New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements

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June 2021 community update

Preferred option for an additional bridge over the Hawkesbury River at North Richmond

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November 2019 community update

Richmond Bridge duplication and traffic improvements route investigation

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Frequently asked questions

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Stage 1 REF Frequently asked Questions 143Kb
Richmond Bridge Duplication FAQs

New Richmond Bridge duplication and traffic improvements.

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Review of Environmental Factors Report

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New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements – Stage 1 The Driftway Submissions Report

April 2022

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New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements – Stage 1 The Driftway Submissions Report

Appendix A – Concept Design Plans

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New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements – Stage 1 The Driftway Submissions Report

Appendix B – Contamination Waste Classification Assessment

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Review of Environmental Factors Main Report and Appendices A & B

New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements - Stage 1 - The Driftway (Main Report and Appendix A & B)

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REF - Appendix C

Biodiversity assessment report

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REF - Appendix D

Flooding and drainage investigation

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REF - Appendix E

Noise and vibration assessment

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REF - Appendix F

Landscape character and visual impact assessment report

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New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements - Stage 1 The Driftway concept design plans 7.98Mb

Preferred option report

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Preferred Option report - June 2021

New Richmond Bridge duplication and traffic improvements.

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Preferred Option - Typical Cross Sections map

New Richmond Bridge duplication and traffic improvements.

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Preferred Options map

New Richmond Bridge duplication and traffic improvements.

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Contact us

For any information regarding the project please contact the project team.

Email: richmondbridge@transport.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 1800 370 778.

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