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NSW announces $1 billion Western Sydney Airport road funding

The major NSW budget funding will allow for important freight routes to be upgraded before the opening of Western Sydney International Airport

The NSW government has revealed $1 billion allocated in the state’s 2024-25 budget to provide roads connecting people and communities to the new Western Sydney International Airport.

Due to open in 2026, the airport’s road connections is a major focus of the NSW government, with the budget commitment following funding announcements made by the federal government.

“The NSW government is committed to building better roads in Western Sydney, supporting the city’s new international gateway,” NSW deputy premier and Western Sydney minister Prue Car says.

“By investing with the federal government, these roadways will service the new Western Sydney International Airport and the surrounding community.”

Elizabeth Drive will take travellers directly to the new airport while connecting major arteries of Mamre and Northern Roads, with the NSW government contributing $400 million to the upgrade that will see it become a four-lane divided road.

This takes the total funding for Elizabeth Drive to $800 million in partnership with the federal government.

An additional $500 million will allow the next stage of construction to begin on Mamre Road between Erskine Park and Kemps Creek.

Mamre Road, a key freight route and zone for commercial development, will be widened with extra lanes to meet future growth, providing upgraded and new intersections and a new shared path for cyclists and pedestrians.

The 2024-25 NSW budget provides $115 million for Mulgoa Road to see a separated four-lane dual carriageway between Glenmore Park and Jeanette Street.

Alongside this is $10.5 million for Appin Road that will provide an upgraded intersection at St Johns Road, building a stronger connection from Wollongong and the South Coast to Campbelltown and the Western Sydney Airport precinct.

This budget continues work on the M12, a critical link which is under construction.

The NSW government says it’s also planning for the Eastern Ring Road and Badgerys Creek South Road future projects for the airport.

The two roads will connect to create the long-term north-south corridor east of the airport. The Eastern Ring Road will perform a major freight function and ultimately create a further connection for bus services into the airport.

Planning and construction will be staged and sequenced to ensure the road network meets growth and travel demand.

“This is an investment in jobs in Western Sydney – we make it clear through dollars and determination that the necessary road infrastructure will match the once in a generation, city-shaping, opportunity that is the Western Sydney International Airport,” NSW roads minister John Graham says.

“Along with our partners in the federal government, we have identified where we need to invest, what we need to plan and we will deliver in a staged and methodical way that is appropriate for a fast-growing region attracting people, commercial development and a large freight network.”

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