Monday March 9, 2015
Major construction commenced today on stage one of the $70 million Werrington Arterial Road upgrade.
Federal Minister for Human Services Marise Payne representing the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs said the Australian and NSW Governments are getting on with building better roads for Western Sydney.
“The Werrington Arterial Road Stage 1 forms part of our joint $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan that will create thousands of jobs, slash travel times for motorists and help grow the local economy,” Ms Payne said.
“Not only will this project generate economic benefits of almost four times the initial investment, it will also reduce congestion and provide better links between the M4 and Great Western Highway.
“The Australian Government is committed to building the quality infrastructure Western Sydney needs and our record investments are delivering on that commitment.”
New South Wales Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said New South Wales has a lot to look forward to in terms of road investment.
“With major investments occurring in the state—including WestConnex, NorthConnex and the Pacific Highway upgrades— the future of the New South Wales road network is looking very promising,” Mr Gay said.
“These kinds of investment will benefit freight operators through lower transport costs, while all motorists will enjoy a safer and more efficient road network.”
Federal Member for Lindsay Fiona Scott said the works were commencing merely weeks after the announcement of Burton Contractors Pty Ltd as the preferred tenderer.
“The Australian Government is getting on with delivering key infrastructure and I am pleased to see major investment in road projects in the Western Sydney region,” Ms Scott said.
“The Werrington Arterial Road upgrade will improve north-south road capacity, improve access to employment growth areas in the region and relieve congestion on existing routes.
“This road project, along with our other multi-billion dollar projects in Western Sydney will ensure the region and proposed airport at Badgerys Creek is well-serviced by strong transport links.”
New South Wales Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said she was pleased to see the Werrington Arterial Road upgrade starting to take shape.
“Traffic congestion in Western Sydney can be problematic at the best of times, with residents having to spend less time at home while they negotiate a congested road network,” Mrs Davies said.
“Many residents are keen to see the completion of this project next year.”
The Werrington Arterial Road upgrade was jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments’, with both governments contributing up to $35 million each.