Picton Road safety and capacity

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Picton Road safety and capacity

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EARLY STAGE PROPOSAL
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POTENTIAL INVESTMENT OPTIONS
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INVESTMENT READY PROPOSAL
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Picton Road safety and capacity

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LOCATION
Southern Sydney, NSW
GEOGRAPHY
Smaller cities and regional centres
SECTOR
Transport
OUTCOME CATEGORY
Regional Connectivity
PROPONENT
NSW Government
PROBLEM TIMEFRAME
Near term (0-5 years)
DATE ADDED
14 February 2019
Problem

The volume of passenger and heavy vehicles on Picton Road, combined with difficult topography, is causing significant delays and safety issues on the route. This is resulting in longer travel times and high crash rates.

Picton Road connects the M1 Princes Motorway near Mount Ousley in the east, with the M31 Hume Motorway at Wilton and Picton in the west. It is a key freight connection between Port Kembla and the Illawarra with Western Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne via the Hume Motorway.

The road carries over 20,000 vehicles a day, of which approximately 22% are heavy vehicles. Traffic volumes have grown historically at 4% to 5% per year and are expected to continue growing along the corridor with population growth, development in Western Sydney and growth at Port Kembla.

In the five years up to March 2019, there were seven fatal crashes and 26 serious injury crashes (which resulted in nine fatalities and 34 serious injuries). This is more than double the New South Wales average for the number of fatal and serious crashes per kilometre for similar type roads.

Land use changes planned at both Wilton and Greater Macarthur Growth Areas are expected to deliver an additional 60,000 homes nearby by 2040. When combined with the growing freight task, traffic volumes on Picton Road will continue to grow, which may further impact on travel times and crash rates.

In February 2021, the problem timeframe for the proposal was updated from medium term (5–10 years) to near term (0–5 years), in recognition of the growing problem costs.

Early-stage Proposal

Options to address capacity and safety issues on Picton Road include:

  • minor short-term road upgrades, such as installing median safety barriers, and widening shoulders and centre lanes.
  • improving horizontal alignment and upgrading interchanges or adding signals
  • upgrading rest areas and installing acceleration lanes
  • additional capacity and overtaking opportunities, including the potential duplication of the corridor.

The Australian and NSW Governments have funded over $60 million in safety improvements on Picton Road since 2010. In November 2020, the NSW Government announced a further $44 million to plan for an upgrade of Picton Road between the Wilton Growth Area and the M1 Princes Motorway.

Next Steps

We understand that the proponent is currently completing a strategic business case (Stage 2 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework), which includes the development of options to identify and prioritise a program of work for Picton Road.

 

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