Stage two work begins on Schofields Road

WORK has started on the stage two upgrade of Schofields Road, between Tallawong and Veron roads.

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay, was joined by locals MP’s Bart Bassett (Londonderry), Kevin Conolly (Riverstone) and Dominic Perrottet (Castle Hill) in June, for the opening of stage one of the Richmond Road upgrade. Picture: Geoff Jones

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay, was joined by locals MP’s Bart Bassett (Londonderry), Kevin Conolly (Riverstone) and Dominic Perrottet (Castle Hill) in June, for the opening of stage one of the Richmond Road upgrade. Picture: Geoff Jones

“We are progressively upgrading Schofields Road to four lanes between Windsor and Richmond Roads, with stage one opened in June,” Minister for Roads and Freight, Duncan Gay said.

Stage two was fast tracked to start this month, with $135 million allocated to the project.

In addition to widening the road to two lanes in each direction, new traffic lights will be built at the intersections of Hambledon, Boundary, Junction and Veron Roads and at Railway Terrace.

“Safety for pedestrians and cyclists will also be improved with a shared path and new street lighting to be installed,’’ Mr Gay said.

Bus lanes and new bus bays will also be created to improve travel on public transport.

Riverstone MP Kevin Conolly said stage two lanes were expected to open in the first half of 2017 with enough road corridor allocated for the road to be widened to six lanes in the future.

“Planning approval is in place for the third and final 2.5 kilometre stage of the Schofields Road upgrade from Veron Road down South Street to Richmond Road and detailed design is nearing completion,” Mr Conolly said.

Road upgrade timeline

Stage 1: Windsor Road to Tallawong Road

Work started — October 2012

Completed —  June 30,  2014 

Funding — $65 million

Stage 2: Tallawong Road to Veron Road

Work started — August 11, 2014

Expected completion — mid 2017

Funding — $135 million

Stage 3: Veron Road and Richmond Road

Expected start — 2016, subject to funding availability

Expected completion — late 2018

Funding — $500,000 this financial year to continue planning.

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