Picton Road upgrade - Picton Road projects

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Project overview

Transport for NSW is undertaking planning and assessments to upgrade Picton Road between the Nepean River and the M1 Princes Motorway, including the interchanges at the M31 Hume Motorway and the M1 Princes Motorway. The upgrade has been divided into three project areas, western, central and eastern.

Review of Environmental Factors - Interactive portal  

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the Picton Road upgrade between the Nepean River and Almond Street, Wilton is now on public display. Visit the interactive portal to view the REF and have your say.

 

Project areas

Western section – Picton Road between the Nepean River and Almond Street, Wilton including the M31 Hume Motorway interchange 

Central and Eastern section – Picton Road beginning at Almond Street, Wilton, to Mount Kiera Road to M1 Princes Motorway interchange 

 

Latest news

Feb 2024 – Have your say on the Review of Environmental Factors for the western section of the Picton Road upgrade 

Transport for NSW invites you to have your say on the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) (PDF, 94.36 MB) on the western section of the Picton Road upgrade between the Nepean River and Almond Street, Wilton.

Have your say between Thursday 1 February to Thursday 29 February 2024.

View the REF and have your say

View the latest project update (PDF, 6.32 MB) for more information.  

Feb 2024 - Come and meet the project team 

Come join us at one of the drop-in sessions in February. Information for these sessions can be found in the community invite (PDF, 903.78 KB).  

Feb 2024 – Yanmanjang – Walking together

Visit the Yanmanjang – Walking together portal which provides a narrative of cultural values, archaeological findings relevant to the western section and dreaming stories.

Picton Road upgrade overview video

Project information

Background

Picton Road is a key east-west corridor connecting the Illawarra-Shoalhaven to Sydney and the Greater Macarthur Growth area. The corridor is a critical freight link between Port Kembla and the Illawarra-Shoalhaven, the delivery of this upgrade is vital in supporting NSW’s growing freight task.

Picton Road connects the M1 Princes Motorway near Mount Ousley in the east, with the M31 Hume Motorway at Wilton in the west, and crosses both the Nepean River and Main South railway line through to Picton.

The Picton Road upgrade would include about 30 kilometres of Picton Road, between the Nepean River and the M1 Princes Motorway. An upgrade would support growing communities and businesses across Western Sydney and the Illawarra-Shoalhaven by providing providing safer, easier and faster access to jobs, services, education and suppliers for generations to come.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • What are the benefits of the program? 
    An upgrade of Picton Road would improve safety, increase capacity, and create more reliable journeys for the local communities, industry and tourists who make up the 22,000 plus motorists who use this corridor each day.

  • When will the project be built? 
    The Picton Road upgrade currently has funding for design and planning work. The timing of construction will be subject to future funding decisions by the NSW and Australian Governments. 

    Subject to approval and construction funding, works for the western section of the project are anticipated to commence between 2026 and 2027 and are estimated to take about three years to complete. 

  • What has been done so far? 
    In April 2022, we awarded the contract for concept design and environmental assessment for the western section, between the Nepean River and Almond Street, Wilton. Work completed on this section includes geotechnical investigations, options analysis and preferred option report, concept design and environmental assessment. A Review of Environmental Factors has now been finalised for the western section and is on display for public comment from 1 February to 29 February 2024. 

  • How much traffic currently uses Picton Road?
    About 22,000 vehicles a day use Picton Road, of which 23 per cent, or 5,100 are heavy vehicles. Traffic along Picton Road is expected to significantly increase as the committed land use changes intensify, and as freight movements continue to increase between Port Kembla and Western Sydney.
  • Will the Wilton Growth Area precinct be considered as part of the upgrade?
    We are working with Wollondilly Shire Council and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to ensure the Picton Road upgrade is integrated with the Wilton Growth Area vision.
  • How will the upgrade support the community and businesses?

    The proposal would support growing communities and businesses across Western Sydney and the Illawarra-Shoalhaven by providing safer, easier and faster access to jobs, services, education and suppliers for generations to come. The upgrades would also allow improved connectivity to the growing communities in Wilton and Greater Macarthur growth areas and precincts. 

  • What is the safety record for Picton Road between the Nepean River and the M1 Princes Motorway?
    During the five-year period between 2017 and 2021 there were 82 crashes on Picton Road between the Nepean River and the M1 Princes Motorway. These crashes resulted in six people being killed and 70 people being injured, including 34 serious injuries.
  • How much funding is allocated to this? 
    The NSW Government and Australian Government has committed $44 million and $80.7 million respectively to the planning of the upgrade of Picton Road.

Community information

Community Notifications

Reports

Review of Environmental Factors - Western section

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Contact us

For further information about this project, please contact:

Phone: 1800 290 613

Email: pictonroad@transport.nsw.gov.au

Mail: Picton Road upgrade, PO Box 477, Wollongong NSW 2520