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Sydney Airport opens new road entry to T1 International precinct

22 February 2017
Category:Media Releases

• Improved access for traffic approaching T1 International from Marsh Street
• New entry designed to smooth traffic flows and ease congestion
• Project forms part of Sydney Airport’s five-year ground access improvements

Sydney Airport has opened a new road entry at T1 International to improve access to the precinct for traffic approaching from Marsh Street.

The changes, effective immediately, enable motorists to bypass merging traffic on Departures and Arrivals roads and directly enter the precinct via Centre Road to access the express pick-up zone, the P9 open-air and the P7 multi-storey car parks.

The new entry is designed to smooth traffic flows and ease congestion during peak periods by reducing the volume of traffic merging at the existing Airport Drive/Marsh Street confluence.

The upgrade forms part of Sydney Airport’s five-year ground access improvements program. The joint $500 million investment with the NSW Government will make it easier for motorists, public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians to travel to and from the airport.

New road signage will direct motorists and guide them into the correct lanes for Departures, Arrivals, pick-up zones and car parks.

The opening follows the successful opening of three new lanes for traffic entering the T2/T3 Domestic precinct in December 2016, widening Sir Reginald Ansett Drive from two lanes to five.

Further improvements will be implemented this year, with construction already underway on:

  • an elevated, shared pedestrian/cycle path at T1, linking the Alexandra Canal pedestrian/cycle path seamlessly with the P7 car park. The path provides safer access to T1 for pedestrians and cyclists, including the many airport workers who ride or walk to work; and
  • a new, dedicated exit road from T1 Departures Road and Arrivals Court onto Airport Drive.

Sydney Airport asks motorists to exercise care when driving into the T1 precinct under the new traffic arrangements, and to observe all signage and speed limits.


Sydney Airport is Australia’s gateway airport, serving 42 million passengers a year and connecting Sydney to a network of close to 100 international, domestic and regional destinations.

Located just eight kilometres from the city centre, Sydney Airport contributes $30.8 billion in economic activity a year, equivalent to 6.4 per cent of the NSW economy. Sydney Airport is a major employer in NSW, generating more than 306,700 direct and indirect jobs, equivalent to 8.9 per cent of NSW employment. Some 29,000 of these jobs are at the airport itself.

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