The General Holmes Drive level crossing prevented the Port Botany rail freight line from operating to its potential capacity. Road network congestion was also occurring in the vicinity of the level crossing, Sydney Airport’s Domestic Terminals T2 and T3 and on General Holmes Drive / Joyce Drive, a designated primary road freight route to Port Botany.
This project is one component of the WestConnex Enabling Works, a three part program of works in the immediate vicinity of Sydney Airport designed to improve traffic flow and access to Sydney Airport and Port Botany.
This project consisted of the removal of the General Holmes Drive rail level crossing and the construction of twin rail bridges and a road underpass linking General Holmes Drive, Botany Road and Wentworth Avenue.
The project scope included upgrades to the surrounding roads and intersections and improvements to pedestrian and cycle networks.
The project benefits are as follows:
- reduced road congestion and improve travel times around Sydney Airport and Port Botany
- increased the capacity of the Port Botany rail line and enabled future duplication of the rail line through provision of a second rail bridge
- improved safety through the elimination of the General Holmes Drive level crossing and through road and intersection improvements
- improved the cyclist network by an extension towards the Sydney Airport precinct
- expanded the safe pedestrian network and eliminate unsafe informal routes in the General Holmes Drive – Joyce Drive – Sydney Airport domestic terminals locality
- supported the delivery of the WestConnex project
- enabled future duplication of the Port Botany rail line by providing twin rail bridges
- supported improvements being made by Sydney Airport Corporation Limited to road access to terminals T2 and T3
The Australian Government committed $40 million towards the Airport East project, part of the road projects around Sydney Airport announced by the NSW Minister for Roads in June 2014. Australian Government funding was specifically allocated to the removal of the level crossing and construction of a road underpass and twin rail bridges.
The Review of Environmental Factors was displayed for community comment in February and March 2015. Following this a Submissions Report was prepared and planning approval was obtained for the project.
Construction commenced in January 2017 and the project was completed in November 2019.