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T1 International road upgrades commence

22 July 2014
Category:Media Releases

• New road network to greatly improve traffic flow at T1 International terminal
• New car park entry and exit gates to reduce queuing
• Larger, purpose-built public pick-up and drop-off area

Work to upgrade the road network at the T1 International terminal commences this week, with improvements designed to greatly improve traffic flow in and around the T1 precinct.

This work marks the first stage in a five-year program of ground transport initiatives which will improve access to the airport, including more public transport and bike options. 

In coming months, work will include:

  • construction of a new centre road which will provide better traffic circulation through the precinct
  • relocating car park entry and exit gates to provide faster entry and exits
  • a larger, purpose-built pick-up area to make pick-ups and drop-offs easier and quicker

“Our priority is to make it easier to travel to and from the airport by car, taxi and public transport,” Sydney Airport General Manager Parking and Ground Transport Craig Norton said.

“These are transformational road upgrades that will result in major improvements to traffic flowing in and around the T1 precinct,” he said.

Some parts of the outdoor car park will be fenced off this week and additional spaces have been made available in the multi-storey car park to compensate for outdoor areas temporarily closed during construction. 

From 28 July, the car park entrance on Cooks River Drive will be permanently closed and construction of the new centre road, new pick up area and relocation of car park entry and exit gates will follow over the coming months. 

This stage of construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year. 

During this period, motorists are advised to watch for signs indicating changed traffic conditions. Additional staff will also be on hand to direct motorists around the affected roads and parking areas. 

The work at T1 is part of a five-year, $300 million program that also includes proposed ground transport projects for the T2/T3 Domestic terminal precinct. 

Mr Norton said that the T1 road changes, while ultimately improving the airport journey for all visitors, could result in temporary traffic disruption while the work is being carried out.

“While we are undertaking these upgrades, we do anticipate some traffic delays, particularly in traditionally busy periods such as school holidays and weekends, and we will be making every effort to keep traffic congestion to a minimum.

“Sydney Airport is investing in these works at the International terminal to significantly improve the journey to and from the airport for passengers and visitors alike.

“We are asking all motorists for their patience during the construction period in the event of short delays, and encourage all airport visitors to check our website and social media channels for the latest updates about the T1 roadworks before coming to the airport.”

For more information visit: sydneyairport.com.au.

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