The booming Macquarie Park precinct will get a $60 million bus priority and road infrastructure boost to improve travel times, increase public transport reliability and upgrade pedestrian safety.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance today released plans to make major improvements to roads to support growth in Macquarie Park.
Mr Constance said the work would deliver road capacity upgrades for public transport as well as general traffic.
“Macquarie Park is the second largest business district in the state – it is home to Macquarie University, Macquarie Shopping Centre and many ASX-listed companies – and it is only going to get bigger,” Mr Constance said.
“There is already $2.7 billion in development applications for the precinct, with plenty more in the pipeline.
“We need to keep up with demand, and improve the transport system for the tens of thousands of people who live, work and study in the area now as well as those who will commute here in the future.”
Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said a new Macquarie Park Access Plan to identify further transport improvements will be developed in collaboration with stakeholders and will involve community engagement.
“We’ll be working closely with community groups and local businesses to address congestion and improve access to and from this precinct, particularly in the lead up to the temporary closure of the Epping to Chatswood line in delivering Sydney Metro Northwest,” Ms Prendergast said.
“We’re doing a lot to improve transport in Macquarie Park so it’s critical that we have a coordinated approach across all projects to minimise impacts for businesses and other important stakeholders.”
The community can provide feedback on the Review of Environmental Factors for the Bus Priority Infrastructure Program from Monday 10 April to Friday 12 May 2017.
Road and intersection upgrades will include building bus lanes, turning lanes, and traffic lights to replace congested roundabouts.
Member for Ryde Victor Dominello said the funding would deliver critical infrastructure and accommodate future demand.
“Macquarie Park has transformed into a local economic and educational powerhouse. This is significant funding that will help address current transport needs and cater for future demand,” Mr Dominello said.
Work on the bus infrastructure upgrade will be delivered in two stages from mid-2017 to support the temporary transport plan which will be in place through the construction of Sydney Metro Northwest.
Proposed road upgrades would start in mid-2017 to support existing and additional buses running in Macquarie Park during the temporary closure of the Epping to Chatswood line from late 2018 for about seven months.
These upgrades will include work at the intersections of:
- Herring Road and Epping Road
- Herring Road and Waterloo Road
- Waterloo Road and Lane Cove Road
- Lane Cove Road and Epping Road
Further road upgrades will be delivered after Sydney Metro Northwest opens to provide long term improvements to access for general traffic to, from and within the precinct as well as part of Sydney’s Bus Future.