Passenger Rail

Road measures to cater for Epping-Chatswood shutdown

The impact of a seven-month shutdown of the Epping to Chatswood rail line during Sydney Metro construction will be somewhat limited by $60 million in road and bus infrastructure works.

NSW transport minister Andrew Constance on Monday released plans for “major improvements” to roads in Macquarie Park.

Businesses in the area are anticipating severe disruptions over a seven-month stretch beginning late 2018, as the passenger railway between Chatswood and Epping will be shut down so it can be incorporated into the Sydney Metro Northwest project.

Upgrades will include work at the intersections of Herring Road and Epping Road, Herring Road and Waterloo Road, Waterloo Road and Lane Cove Road, and Lane Cove Road and Epping Road.

Constance said the work would deliver upgrades for public transport as well as general traffic.

“Macquarie Park is the second largest business district in the state – it is home to Macquarie University, Macquarie Shopping Centre and many ASX-listed companies – and it is only going to get bigger,” Constance said.

“There is already $2.7 billion in development applications for the precinct, with plenty more in the pipeline.

“We need to keep up with demand, and improve the transport system for the tens of thousands of people who live, work and study in the area now as well as those who will commute here in the future.”

Constance said further road upgrades will follow the completion of the Sydney Metro Northwest work, with the goal of providing long term improvements to access for buses and general traffic to, from and within the precinct.