New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements - Stage 2
The Australian Government and NSW Government have committed $500 million for traffic improvements including a new bridge over the Hawkesbury River between Richmond and North Richmond. The Australian Government funding of $400 million is being provided via the Infrastructure Investment Program.
June 2023 – Continuing investigation work in Richmond and North Richmond
Transport for NSW is continuing investigation work in the Richmond and North Richmond areas to inform design of Stage 2 of the New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements project.
Since February 2023, we have been on site collecting traffic data and conducting ground surveys and geotechnical work.
Investigation work will continue over the next few months until Friday 29 September 2023. Our activities include drilling holes and digging pits to test soil and pavement composition. As part of this work, we will also use a barge with a drill rig on the Hawkesbury River. Additionally, we will be using small tipper trucks, a truck mounted drilling rig, small excavators, survey vehicles, handheld concrete saw cutter, traffic control vehicles and signage to carry out this work.
The bridge between Richmond and North Richmond provides a vital crossing of the Hawkesbury River, and carries an average of 31,000 vehicles per day with a single lane in each direction.
In 2013, Transport for NSW prepared the Richmond Bridge and approaches congestion study: Preferred short-term and long-term options report. The study identified the need for additional bridge capacity and three intersection upgrades to improve travel times and journey time reliability and provide for future growth. So far we have:
- upgraded the intersection of Kurrajong Road and Old Kurrajong Road
- upgraded the intersection of Bells Line of Road and Grose Vale Road
- made significant progress on the upgrade of the intersection of March Street and Bosworth Street.
What are we trying to achieve?
The key objective of this project is to reduce congestion between Richmond and North Richmond and build for future growth. We also aim to improve:
- journey time reliability
- connectivity between Bells Line of Road and the main road network
- flood resilience
- amenity and support economic development in the town centres of Richmond and North Richmond
- safety along the road corridor between Richmond and North Richmond
- public and active transport connections.
The project has been divided into two stages to deliver early safety benefits to the community. Stage 1 includes upgrades to The Driftway between Londonderry and Blacktown Road. The remainder of the project will be delivered in Stage 2.
We are progressing with the detailed design for Stage 1. Early work including utility relocations has started in preparation for construction.
We are preparing the concept design and environmental assessment for Stage 2 which will be displayed for feedback.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- December 2022 community update
New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements Stage 2 community update.
November 2021 community update
New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements Preferred option consultation update.
August 2021 information sheet
New Richmond Bridge and traffic improvements.
June 2021 community update
Preferred option for an additional bridge over the Hawkesbury River at North Richmond.
November 2019 community update
Richmond Bridge duplication and traffic improvements route investigation.
- June 2023 community update
Continuing investigation work in Richmond and North Richmond
- February 2023 project notification (PDF, 409.86 KB)
Investigation work in Richmond and North Richmond.
January 2021 project notification
Day and night investigation work on Londonderry Road, Richmond from 1 February.
March 2019 project notification
Richmond Bridge duplication and traffic improvements investigations continuing.
December 2018 project notification
Richmond Bridge duplication and traffic improvements investigations underway.
For further information about this project, please contact:
Phone: 1800 370 778