The Schofields Road upgrade is aimed at connecting the Rouse Hill and Marsden Park town centres in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, to meet the future transport requirements of the North West Priority Land Release Area.

Connecting Windsor Road and Richmond Road, the project is being implemented by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) on behalf of the NSW government.

Project background and benefits

Schofields Road is a two-lane, rural road that connects Windsor Road at Rouse Hill to Railway Terrace at Schofields, which forms a T-junction with Railway Terrace at the western end. The upgrade project will make Schofields Road to cross the Blacktown-Richmond rail line using an underpass and continue to get through South Street to link up to Richmond Road at Marsden Park.

The road upgrade and extension will also connect the proposed Sydney Metro Northwest, the Rouse Hill Regional Centre, the proposed new Schofields town centre, Schofields Railway Station and the proposed Marsden Park industrial, as well as commercial and residential areas.

“The project is being implemented by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) on behalf of the NSW government.”

The project will support new residential and industrial centres in the North West Priority Land Release Area. It is estimated that approximately 70,000 new homes will be built in the area in the next 20 years.

The road upgrade includes addition of an extra crossing of the Blacktown to Richmond railway line, ten new intersections with traffic lights between Windsor Road and Richmond Road, and improving access and safety for cyclists and pedestrians through off-road shared paths.

It will reduce the travel times and improve the safety and flood immunity.

Construction of Schofields road upgrade

Schofields Road upgrade is being constructed in three stages. The first stage was approved in May 2009, and tenders for the same were invited in April 2012. Construction began in October 2012 and was completed in June 2014.

It involved upgrading Schofields Road between Windsor Road and Tallawong Road from two to four-lanes, addition of three new signalised intersections, realignment of Tallawong Road, and construction of twin bridges over Second Ponds Creek. It also included installation of new street lighting. The upgraded road was opened for traffic in June 2014.

Major construction works on stage two of the upgrade began in August 2014. It includes upgrading 3.6km of existing Schofields Road between Tallawong Road and Veron Road from two lanes to four lanes, extending the Schofields Road from Railway Terrace to Veron Road, and installing new traffic lights at five intersections along Schofields Road.

It further includes providing temporary U-turn facilities, and twin bridges at First Ponds Creek and the Eastern Creek tributary near Railway Terrace. An underpass crossing of the Richmond rail line will also be constructed. The stage two is expected to be completed by early-2017.

The third stage of construction on Schofields Road upgrade began in February 2016. It involves upgrading 2.5km of the road section between Veron Road and Richmond Road to a four-lane road, providing an east-west connection between Windsor and Richmond Road, and construction of a new 600m twin bridge across Eastern and Bells Creeks.

It will also involve installing traffic lights, as well as shared pedestrian and cyclist’s paths. The third stage of construction is expected to be completed by mid-2018.

Financing for Schofields Road upgrade

The road upgrade is estimated to be completed with an investment of $340m, funded entirely by NSW Government.

The stage one of construction cost $65m, while the second stage is funded with $135m by NSW Government, which includes $70m provided under the Housing Acceleration Fund.

The NSW government has contributed $140m to build the third and final section of the Schofields Road upgrade.

Contractors involved

The OHL-Abergeldie joint venture (JV) was awarded with stage one of Schofields Road upgrade construction contract worth $39m in August 2012.

The $135m stage two construction contract was awarded to OHL-York JV in June 2014.

BMD Group was awarded a $140m contract for the stage three construction of Schofields Road upgrade in January 2016.