Project

Great Western Highway Upgrade

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Great Western Highway Upgrade

In March 2019, the NSW Government announced it would duplicate the Great Western Highway, from Katoomba to Lithgow over 10 years. 

The NSW Government will commence construction on upgrades between Katoomba to Mount Victoria, including:

  • Medlow Bath upgrade
  • Blackheath to Little Hartley, and
  • Jenolan Caves Road to Forty Bends.

And will commence planning upgrades at:

  • Katoomba to Medlow Bath
  • Medlow Bath to Blackheath
  • Little Hartley to Jenolan Caves Road, and
  • Forty Bends to South Bowenfels.

A tunnel at Blackheath is also planned. The design of the tunnel includes three possible portal options: 

  • A northern portal next to the Mount Boyce Heavy Vehicle Safety Station
  • A short southern tunnel portal option located in Sutton Park, and
  • A long southern tunnel portal option south of Evans Lookout Road.

The NSW Government is also investigating an 11-kilometre tunnel linking the two tunnels (previously planned to be separate) at Blackheath and Mount Victoria.

Key Dates

Mar 2019 Project Announcement
2023 Expected Construction Commencement
2030 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Federal Government
NSW Government

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Transport for NSW
Related contracts:
Detailed Design and Environmental Assessments (Eastern Section)
Successful Tenderer - Aurecon.

Detailed Design and Environmental Assessments (Western Section)
Successful Tenderer - An Arcadis-Jacobs Joint Venture.

PROJECT HISTORY

Mar 2020 Transport for NSW called for tenders to prepare a Strategic Business Case and Economic Analysis for priority projects in the Great Western Highway Upgrade Program. The successful bidder may also be required to prepare two Final Business Cases for priority projects, as determined during the development of the strategic business case. The tender process is open until 9 April 2020.
May 2020 Registrations of Interest (ROI) were invited to finalise a Preferred Concept Design, prepare a Detailed Design and complete an Environmental Assessment for the Medlow Bath section of the project.
Aug 2020 TfNSW opened ROIs for the design and preparation of environmental assessments for the Great Western Highway duplication.
Sep 2020 MRB Technical Services was appointed by NSW Government to review and refine the strategic design of the project.
Oct 2020 Transport for NSW selected a tunnel as the preferred option for the Greater Western Highway upgrade at Blackheath.
Dec 2020 An Aurecon and Arcadis-Jacobs Joint Venture were appointed to design the eastern and western sections of the project respectively and prepare environmental assessments.
May 2021 The Federal Government announced $2 billion in additional funding for the Great Western Highway Upgrade in the 2021-22 Federal Budget. The NSW Government also announced that it is investigating linking the tunnels at Blackheath and Mount Victoria to create a single 11-kilometre tunnel for the project.
Jun 2021 The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) were requested for the Blackheath to Little Hartley section of the project. The 2021-22 NSW Budget also allocated $2 billion toward the Great Western Highway Upgrade over the next four years, including $131.5 million in FY2021-22.
Sep 2021 The NSW Government commenced a Market Interaction Process (MIP) for the Medlow Bath and Coxs River Road construct only contracts, closing 1 October. The MIP will gauge market appetite, capacity and capability specifically to deliver the Medlow Bath, and Coxs River Road packages.
Nov 2021 Transport for NSW opened Request for Tenders for the project's Transactions Services, closing 17 December.
Nov 2021 The NSW and Federal Governments released the Review of Environmental Factors and the concept design for the West section of the Great Western Highway upgrade between Little Hartley and Lithgow.
Estimated Total Cost
(2019)
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
New South Wales |
Infrastructure Australia status
Priority Initiative (near-term, 0-5 years)
Resources
Project website
Project website
Tender notices
2021/09/22
2021/17/11
Major Contract

Great Western Highway Upgrade - Blackheath to Little Hartley

PROJECT STATUS
Detailed Planning
Great Western Highway Upgrade - Blackheath to Little Hartley

In March 2019, the NSW Government announced that it would duplicate the Great Western Highway, from Katoomba to Lithgow over the next 10 years.

The Blackheath to Little Hartley section involves construction of a four-lane motorway, which includes a Mount Victoria Bypass.

A central component of this highway upgrade is a proposed 11-kilometre tunnel which would begin at south of Evans Lookout Road, in Blackheath and end at the base of Mount Victoria, at Little Hartley. If approved, it would be the longest road tunnel in Australia. 

Key Dates

Mar 2019 Project Announcement
2022 Expected Construction Commencement
2026 Expected Construction Completion

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Transport for NSW
Related contracts:
Environmental Assessment
Successful Tenderer - AECOM Australia

PROJECT HISTORY

Mar 2020 Transport for NSW called for tenders to prepare a Strategic Business Case and Economic Analysis for priority projects in the Great Western Highway Upgrade Program. The successful bidder may also be required to prepare two Final Business Cases for priority projects, as determined during the development of the strategic business case. The tender process is open until 9 April 2020.
May 2021 The Federal Government announced $2 billion in additional funding for the Great Western Highway Upgrade in the 2021-22 Federal Budget. The NSW Government also announced that it is investigating linking the tunnels at Blackheath and Mount Victoria to create a single 11-kilometre tunnel for the project.
Jun 2021 The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) were requested for the Blackheath to Little Hartley section of the project. The 2021-22 NSW Budget also allocated $2 billion toward the Great Western Highway Upgrade over the next four years, including $132 million in FY2021-22. It is unclear how much this will be allocated toward the Blackheath to Little Hartley section.
Jul 2021 The NSW Government issued a Request for Tenders for the Technical Advisory Services and Environmental Assessment Services contracts for the project, closing on 21 and 30 July respectively.
Aug 2021 The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements were issued for the preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment of the project.
Sep 2021 Transport for NSW awarded the environmental assessment contract to AECOM.
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
New South Wales |
Infrastructure Australia status
Priority Initiative (near-term, 0-5 years)
Resources
Government resources
Scoping Report - June 2021
Project pages
Transport for NSW
Major Contract

East Package - Katoomba to Blackheath

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
East Package - Katoomba to Blackheath

The NSW Government is upgrading the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow. The upgrade is being delivered across three packages: 

  • Central Package - Blackheath to Little Hartley 
  • East Package - Katoomba to Lithgow
  • West Package - Little Hartley to Lithgow

The East package between Katoomba and Blackheath is split into three sections:

  • Katoomba to Medlow Bath - widening 3.5 kilometres of highway to provide dual carriageway between Rowan Lane in Katoomba and Bellevue Crescent in Medlow Bath, and
  • Medlow Bath to Blackheath - widening 1.8 kilometres of highway to provide dual carriageway between Station Street in Medlow Bath and Tennyson Road in Blackheath.

A construct only contract for a 1.2 kilometre Medlow Bath section is currently under procurement in a separate process.

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Transport for NSW

PROJECT HISTORY

Dec 2020 Aurecon was engaged to deliver concept design, geotechnical and environmental services, including planning approval for the road duplication, and improved alignment and drainage for the East Package.
Sep 2021 The NSW Government commenced a Market Interaction Process (MIP) for the Medlow Bath construct only contract, closing 1 October.
Feb 2022 Transport for NSW opened Registrations of Interest for the Medlow Bath package.
May 2022 Transport for NSW opened registrations for participation in a Market interaction process for the East and West packages.
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Media releases
2020/12/18
Major Contract

West Package - Little Hartley to Lithgow

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
West Package - Little Hartley to Lithgow

The NSW Government is upgrading the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow. The upgrade is being delivered across three packages: 

  • Central Package - Blackheath to Little Hartley 
  • East Package - Katoomba to Lithgow
  • West Package - Little Hartley to Lithgow

The West package from Little Hartley to Lithgow includes an upgrade to dual carriageway of 14 kilometres of Highway between Little Hartley and Lithgow. The West package is split into four sections:

  • Little Hartley to River Lett Hill
  • River Lett Hill to Forty Bends, and
  • Forty Bends to Lithgow.

A construct only contract for the Cox’s River Road section is currently under procurement in a separate process.

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Transport for NSW

PROJECT HISTORY

Apr 2022 Transport for NSW opened Registrations of Interest for the Coxs River Road Construct only contract.
May 2022 Transport for NSW opened registrations for participation in a Market interaction process for the East and West packages.
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources