The Picton Road Motorway Coalition has been formed to campaign for the upgrade of this important but dangerous corridor to motorway standard. That is, two lanes in each direction, separated the entire way.
We represent the local communities, businesses and local councils that are affected by the safety issues and economic constraints posed by Picton Road.
Together we are working towards a commitment from state and federal governments to jointly fund this vital project for our regions.
Picton Road provides the main connection between the Illawarra and the growth areas in the south west and west of Sydney, including Parramatta, Campbelltown and the future Western Sydney Airport.
Picton Road must be upgraded for both community safety and the future of our economy. For too long, our safety has been put at risk on Picton Road, with 90 accidents between 2012 and 2016.
In 2018, Illawarra First and the NRMA completed research to examine the economic impact of road congestion on the economy. This research found that traffic on Picton Road is growing at 7 to 8 percent annually, and it will reach peak hour capacity in 2022 and daily capacity in 2025. It carries 25 percent heavy vehicle traffic, which is growing at 14 percent each year. By comparison, Appin Road had around half the number of crashes (2012-2016), it carries half the daily traffic and has minimal growth in volumes. Picton Road is listed on Infrastructure Australia’s current Infrastructure Priority List for measured safety improvements/realignments only.
The study could not identify a road similar to Picton Road elsewhere in NSW that carries 20,000 vehicles per day with a heavy vehicle proportion as high as Picton Road. The Hume Highway near Gundagai carries half the daily volume that Picton Road does with a similar heavy vehicle proportion, but is of freeway standard with two lanes in each direction.
|The report recommended that Picton Road be upgraded to a four-lane divided highway before it reaches daily capacity in 2025.||
Currently Picton Road runs 27 kms from just north of Mount Ousley to the Hume Highway and continues westwards a further 10 kms to Picton. The majority of the length of Picton Road is single lane, with some 8 kms of passing lanes in both directions at intervals.
The research report commissioned in 2017 by Illawarra First and the NRMA found that a 24 km length of two-lane carriageway would cost between $180 million and $220 million, based on benchmarking values of costs of building roads provided by TfNSW costs of construction of other roads (at 2018).
Subsequently, the Wilton Interchange, or the intersection of the Hume Motorway and Picton Road, should be upgraded to account for the significant increase in traffic volumes to service the Wilton Growth Area – as well as the impact of an upgraded (and more efficient) Picton Road Motorway.
A wide range of businesses, particularly in transport, logistics, education and manufacturing have backed the campaign because they know the current state of Picton Road is hurting the economy.
The campaign also has the support of Wollondilly Shire Council and Wollongong City Councils – the two local authorities at each end of the road.
Picton Road is a key thoroughfare for the residents of Wollongong, Wollondilly and Camden. It is also a major economic road for the state, linking the Illawarra and Greater Sydney, with freight travelling between Wollongong/Port Kembla to Greater Sydney. The residents of the Wollongong, Wollondilly and Camden local government areas are frequent users.
“The safety of our residents has for too long been put at risk on Picton Road, and we’re announcing our intention as a cross-regional coalition to get state and federal agreement to fix it”
– Cr Gordon Bradbery AM, Lord Mayor of Wollongong
“Business, local government and community stakeholders all agree that we expect government to deliver this vital infrastructure for the residents of our broader region”
– Cr Matthew Deeth, Mayor of Wollondilly
“This is an economic issue as much as it is a safety one, and as the major freight corridor for Sydney’s south and southwest, Picton Road must be upgraded to four, separated lanes before it reaches capacity by 2025”
– Adam Zarth, Illawarra Business Chamber