Western Distributor Road Network Improvements

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Project overview

The Western Distributor Road Network Improvements project will improve safety and efficiency at key traffic bottlenecks, or pinch points on the Western Distributor and reduce the flow on effect of incidents on surrounding roads.

Construction is expected to start early next year and take around two years to complete.

Western Distributor Road Network Improvements

Acknowledgement of Country

The Western Distributor connects Wangal and Gadigal Country over Rozelle Bay. Transport for NSW acknowledges the Gadigal and Wangal Peoples of the Eora Nation and pays respect to Elders past and present.

Key features

  • modifying the intersection at Allen Street and Harris Street to provide three lanes northbound towards Harris St, and removing a pedestrian crossing
  • enhancing visitor experience and refurbishing the two Anzac digger sculptures on the Anzac Bridge
  • modifying the Pyrmont Bridge Road and Bank Street intersection, removing turning movements onto Bank Street from the eastbound Pyrmont Bridge Rd off-ramp and changing the off-ramp from one lane to two lanes
  • constructing a new on-ramp connection to the Western Distributor from the Fig Street on-ramp, Pyrmont (subject to a future investment decision).

Benefits

  • improve traffic flow at the intersection of Allen Street and Harris Street, and reduce queuing on the Allen Street and Pyrmont Bridge Road off-ramps
  • preserve and refurbish Anzac digger memorial sculptures
  • improve connectivity between the Anzac statues and other memorials in the area
  • improve reliability at road network pinch points
  • reduce crash incidents where multiple lanes merge
  • improve safety and smoother travelling for motorists (less stop-start driving and reduced need for motorists to cross multiple lanes).

Project status

Planning
Construction
Complete

Project updates 

Allen Street and Harris Street intersection 

Community consultation on the Harris Street bus stop relocation was carried out between 16 October 2023 and 5 November 2023. 

Transport have reviewed feedback and prepared a Consultation Report which summarises the feedback received. The report can be found here.

A decision has been made to relocate the bus stop to the northern side of the Allen Street and Harris Street Intersection, to improve pedestrian safety and deter jaywalking across the intersection.

The Harris and Allen Street intersection will be reconfigured to provide three eastbound lanes on Allen Street with two right-turn lanes onto Harris Street. These changes will improve traffic flow through the intersection and reduce queueing on the Allen Street off-ramp. 

The Allen Street and Harris Street intersection works will be delivered in stages and Transport will continue to keep the community updated as the project progresses.

Stage 1 

The first stage has commenced and includes

  • Removal of the pedestrian crossing on the southern side of the intersection, completed on 22 November 2023.
  • Installation of temporary pedestrian fences to improve pedestrian safety, completed on 22nd November 2023 
  • Removal of one tree on the north-western corner of the intersection, tree trimming in the local area and fencing adjustments.
  • Moving the bus stop to north of the intersection along Harris Street. The new bus stop will be operational from 10 December 2023. 
  • Converting seven existing ½ hour parking spaces to 1-hour parking spaces, south of the intersection.
  • Provision of six additional   1-hour parking spaces and a loading zone provided south of the intersection. 
  • Removal of six parking spaces and relocation of the loading zone located north of the intersection.

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Latest news

November 2023Pedestrian crossing removal – Harris Street

As part of the Western Distributor Road Network Improvements project, the Harris Street pedestrian crossing on the southern side of the intersection at Allen Street will be removed on 22nd November 2023.

November 2023 – Harris Street bus stop relocation

Transport for NSW thanks the community and stakeholders, who provided feedback during the project consultation period from 16 October to 5 November 2023.

Transport will provide an update on the outcome in late November.

October 2023 – Western Distributor Network Improvements Submissions report

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was on display from Wednesday 21 September to Friday 28 October 2022.

During the five-week public consultation period, Transport hosted 11 community information sessions in the local community.

The project team received 264 submissions from the community during the public display period. The submissions were considered by the project team and responded to in the Submissions Report.

We have prepared a submissions report which summarises and responds to all submissions received.

View submissions report

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