Sydney Airport and the NSW Government are delivering on their joint $500 million commitment to cut travel times and improve ease of access to Sydney Airport, today announcing the start of work on the T2/T3 Ground Access Solutions and Hotel Major Development Plan.
Sydney Airport managing director and chief executive officer Kerrie Mather said the upgrades would create an improved one way road system, widening road capacity and improving travel times at key intersections.
“It’s our priority to make it easier for passengers, visitors and staff to travel to and from Sydney Airport by car, taxi or public transport,” Ms Mather said.
“We’re commencing ground access improvement works in the T2/T3 terminal precinct, which when completed will create a better performing one-way road network that significantly improves traffic flows and minimises delays by providing motorists with more ‘green light time’.
“Stage 1 starts today with construction of a new road to create an intersection with Qantas Drive and Robey Street and provide a dedicated one way exit from the T2/T3 precinct.
“We’ll also provide better facilities for public transport and taxis with a new Ground Transport Interchange, and improved access and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
“This extensive improvement program will deliver increased ground access capacity to cater for forecast growth in passenger numbers and peak passenger demand.
“We’re looking forward to continuing to work with the NSW Government to make the journey to the airport quicker and easier.”
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay said the NSW Government was cutting congestion on key roads that support Sydney Airport, building more than $282 million in road projects including $40 million from the Federal Government for WestConnex Enabling Works and other pinch point projects.
“We are committed to continuing the travel time savings motorists will soon experience inside the airport precinct on the roads that feed to, from and around the airport,” Mr Gay said.
“In the next few months, work will start to widen Marsh Street from two to three lanes in each direction, removing the current bottleneck and opening up the direct access road to the International terminal.
“A number of upgrade works will also kick off next year including the extension of Wentworth Avenue under the rail line, increasing road lane capacity on Joyce Drive between O’Riordan Street and Mill Pond Road.
“The widening of Joyce Drive in particular, will complement the extra ‘green light time’ at the entrance to the T2/T3 precinct and help alleviate the notorious traffic queues at this intersection.
“Together, the upgrades will also ease pressure on major motorways like the M5. Motorists will experience the full travel time savings when WestConnex is completed, improving their journey to the airport and back home again.”