With North West Rail Link construction work set to increase in 2014, Hills Shire Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne has urged residents and businesses around the station sites to get North West Rail ready.
The NSW Government will begin excavation work at various station sites in 2014. The excavation at Norwest will require the closure of the western access to Brookhollow Avenue, Baulkham Hills (opposite Norwest Marketown) on Norwest Boulevarde from February 2014 to June 2014.
The work will also require additional No Stopping signs to be installed along sections of Brookhollow Avenue.
Access to Brookhollow Avenue will still be available through the eastern intersection of Norwest Boulevarde and Brookhollow Avenue (near the Atlas building).
During that period, additional travel time may be required for those using Norwest Boulevarde.
Hills Shire Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne said that residents and businesses may have to re-think their daily routine during the construction phase.
“We’ve wanted the North West Rail Link for a very long time and construction won’t happen overnight,” Dr Byrne said.
“Businesses may look at staggering work hours to skip the congestion and walking around Norwest Business Park rather than driving when possible.”
“Council is working with the NSW Government and Transport for NSW to keep residents well informed and make the process as smooth as possible.”
Mayor Byrne said that North West Rail Link early works had already begun across the Sydney Hills, and it was a good sign that progress is being made.
“We’ve seen buildings being demolished at station sites like Bella Vista, Norwest and Showground as well as the closure of Arthur Whitling Park at Castle Hill.”
“While this may look a little bit confronting, I ask everyone to keep their eye on the big picture. Getting around The Hills and greater Sydney will be far easier once the rail link is up and running.”