Picton Road upgrade - Picton Road projects
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.
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.
Nov 2022 - Road freight on Picton Road and M1 Princes Motorway
Read the Freight Story (PDF, 1.2Mb) about how road freight travels through Picton Road and the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region to support our communities and drive our economy.
Oct 2022 - Picton Road upgrade project update
Read or listen to our latest project update (PDF, 1.85Mb), read the Options Report (PDF, 1.8Mb), or watch the video of the Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), our preferred option for the interchange at Picton Road and the M31 Hume Motorway.
Read what our project manager had to say about our preferred option (PDF, 451Kb).
Apr 2022 - Consultation Report and interactive dashboard released
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Between August and September 2021, we engaged with key stakeholders, transport customers and the community to gain an understanding of peoples’ experiences and concerns when accessing and travelling on Picton Road.
The consultation aimed to identify current issues and concerns using and accessing Picton Road, as well as seeking feedback on what was most important when developing options for a future upgrade. The feedback will help identify how the upgrade can reduce travel times, improve road safety and ensure it caters for the expected future population and economic growth.
As part of sharing the feedback received during the consultation, we have developed an interactive dashboard which allows visitors to click through and read about the feedback. It is easy to use and provides an innovative way to explore what was important to the community when planning for an upgrade of Picton Road.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- 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?
An upgrade of Picton Road would support growing communities and businesses across Western Sydney and the Illawarra Shoalhaven by providing improved and safer access to jobs, services, education and suppliers between the neighbouring regions.
People regularly move between the two regions for employment, education and recreation, while goods are transferred between the two regions industrial precincts and intermodal facilities. In the future transport demands between these regions are expected to grow significantly. The upgrades will be developed to cater for this expected transport demand growth.
- 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.
For further information about this project, please contact:
Phone: 1800 290 613
Mail: Picton Road upgrade, PO Box 477, Wollongong NSW 2520