Cumberland Highway & The Horsley Drive, Smithfield


Project overview

In March 2019, a $450 million Urban Road Congestion Program was announced by the NSW Government to ease congestion, reduce traffic delays and improve travel times on Sydney's major roads. This included a commitment to remove the pinch point at the intersection of Cumberland Highway and The Horsley Drive, Smithfield.

Project information


The NSW Government investigated this proposal previously as part of its Urban Roads Pinch Points Program which aims to ease congestion and improve travel times on Sydney’s busiest corridors.

Currently, motorists experience heavy congestion, slow travel times and delays while transferring between the Cumberland Highway and The Horsley Drive. Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is proposing improvements at this intersection.

What is a pinch point?

Pinch points are traffic congestion points, intersections or short lengths of road at which a traffic bottleneck exists slowing down the broader network. They cause a build up of traffic and travel delays at these spots and on the wider road network.


The proposal will improve:

  • capacity of the intersection and reduce congestion
  • travel times, particularly in peak hours
  • traffic flow at this intersection and approaches
  • safety for pedestrians and road users.

What happens next?

We will write to you when the construction for the intersection improvement starts.

We will continue to assess the future traffic needs in the area. We will work with key stakeholders to consider the needs and expectations of the community and all road users who travel through this intersection.

We thank everyone for considering the proposal and for their feedback.

Community information

Community consultation

Last year (2020) Transport for NSW invited feedback on improvements planned for the intersection of Cumberland Highway and The Horsley Drive, Smithfield, to improve the southbound traffic flow, ease congestion and improve road user safety.

After considering all feedback received we have decided, at this stage, to extend only the left turn bay into The Horsley Drive by about 30 metres. This decision was based on feedback we received and is aligned with the place value identified for the commercial area in the finalised Road Network Plan for this area.

We have summarised the feedback we received, and provided responses in a community consultation report (PDF, 1.32Mb), which is now available on this website.

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