Richmond Bridge

New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements

The Australian and NSW Governments have allocated $500 million to deliver traffic improvements including an additional bridge between Richmond and North Richmond area.

Latest news

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. The project is being delivered in two stages, with Stage 1 The Driftway expected to be on public display later this year. Stage 1 would provide early safety benefits with an upgrade to The Driftway and roundabout intersections at Londonderry Road and Blacktown Road.

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.

AUG 2021

AUG 2021Extended consultation period

We have extended the consultation period to 17 September 2021 to allow the community more time to have their say. View the August 2021 postcard (PDF, 503Kb) for more information.

We have also worked to provide additional information to help the community and our stakeholders make an informed submission. View our latest information sheet (PDF, 2.53Mb).

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to organise face to face information sessions. However, Transport will be holding two Facebook Live sessions on:

  • Wednesday 8 September at 12-1pm and 5-6pm

If you would like to attend, please join us on the NSW Roads Facebook page at the time of the online event.

If you would like support on how to join the Facebook Live event, please email richmondbridge@transport.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 370 778. Our team will provide you with instructions and a link to join on the day.

We will also hold targeted online sessions with residents around Norfolk Place, Southee Road, Inalls Lane and The Driftway in the coming weeks. If you are a resident of these areas and would like to join, please get in touch.

JUL 2021

JUL 2021Preferred Option consultation

Due to the current COVID restrictions, we are extending consultation on the preferred option of the New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements until 17 September.

We will keep you updated on future community engagement sessions.

Learn more about how you can have your say on the preferred option.View our June 2021 community update (PDF, 2.0MB) and the Preferred Option report (PDF, 6.18Mb).

You can also provide your feedback via the Richmond bridge portal and SwipEngage survey.

Following assessment, ongoing engagement with the local working group and considering community feedback, Transport has identified a preferred option for an additional bridge over the Hawkesbury River at North Richmond.

The preferred option includes:

  • bypasses of Richmond and North Richmond town centres including a new two-lane bridge over the Hawkesbury River
  • six intersection improvements
  • upgrades to key sections of two existing roads – Londonderry Road and The Driftway
  • improved flood resilience
  • a new active transport connection between Richmond and North Richmond.

We are asking for feedback from the community on the preferred option up until 17 September 2021.

JUL 2021

JUL 2021Preferred Option maps

To help community members provide feedback, we have published a detailed map of the preferred option, which includes intersection layouts and cross-sections. The preferred option is still in an early stage of design and the detail shown here is liable to change as a result of further analysis and consultation.

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.

Project documents

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September 2021 project notification

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

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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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Preferred Option report 4.69Mb
Preferred Option - Typical Cross Sections map 212Kb
Richmond Bridge Duplication FAQs

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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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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November 2019 community update

Richmond Bridge duplication and traffic improvements route investigation.

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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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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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