The 2024-25 New South Wales budget includes more than A$1bn (£500m) for roads connecting Western Sydney International Airport and Bradfield City Centre

Connecting Western Sydney International Airport, which is due to open in 2026, to communities is a key priority of the Federal Government, and this commitment builds on recently announced funding for the same roads by the Australian Government.

Elizabeth Drive, which will take travellers directly to the new airport and connect the major arteries of Mamre and Northern Roads, will see the state contribute A$400m (£208m) for a long-awaited upgrade into a four-lane divided road.

This takes the total funding for Elizabeth Drive to A$800m (£416m) in partnership with the Federal Government. An additional A$500m (£260m) will allow the next stage of construction to begin on Mamre Road between Erskine Park and Kemps Creek.

Mamre Road, a key freight route and zone for commercial development, will be widened with extra lanes to meet future growth, providing upgraded and new intersections and a new shared path for cyclists and pedestrians. This budget investment takes Federal-State funding of Mamre Road to A$1bn (£500m).

The 2024-25 NSW budget also provides A$115m (£60m) for Mulgoa Road to see a separated four-lane dual carriageway between Glenmore Park and Jeanette Street. A$10.5m (£5.46m) for Appin Road will provide an upgraded intersection at St Johns Road, building a stronger connection from Wollongong and the South Coast to Campbelltown and the Western Sydney Airport precinct.

This budget also continues work on the M12, a critical link which is under construction.

Planning is also underway for the Eastern Ring Road and Badgerys Creek South Road – key future projects for the airport. The two roads will connect to create the long-term north-south corridor east of the airport. The Eastern Ring Road will perform a major freight function and ultimately create a further connection for bus services into the airport.

Planning and construction will be staged and sequenced to ensure the road network meets growth and travel demand.

The new airport is due to open in 2026
The new airport is due to open in 2026 Western Sydney International Airport