Cumberland Highway

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Cumberland Highway
New South Wales
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The Cumberland Highway is an arterial road in Sydney, Australia. It links the Hume Highway (A22/A28) at Liverpool with the Pacific Highway (A1/B83) and Pacific Motorway (M1) at Wahroonga.

The entire length of Cumberland Highway is designated route A28.

History[edit]

The original western Sydney Bypass was Ring Road 5, which ran from the Pacific Highway and the Hume Highway with Parramatta in between. In 1974, Ring Road 5 was superseded by State Route 55. The growth of Sydney's west had instead turned it into a primary arterial with huge increase in freight traffic.

Metroad 7[edit]

In August 1988, the highway was finally completed to supersede the Church Street/Woodville Rd route as the major connection between the Pacific and Hume Highways. The highway was named "Cumberland Highway" after completion.[2] State Route 77 was proclaimed and allocated to the entire length of the highway.

Metroad 7 replaced State Route 77 in June 1993 and the highway was designated by the Federal Government as an interim National Highway in 1994 until the completion of Westlink M7. When Metroad 7 was introduced, it went along Heathcote Road to the then Metroad 1 (now A1) at Heathcote. The southern section of Heathcote Road was replaced by the then Metroad 6 (now A6) in 1998, and Metroad 7 was therefore truncated to the end of Cumberland Highway at Liverpool.[3]

Since 1994, various parts of the Cumberland Highway were upgraded which included the widening of Pennant Hills Rd.[2]

With the opening of the Westlink M7 motorway in December 2005, the Metroad 7 route south of M2 Hills Motorway was decommissioned and rerouted onto the Westlink M7, leaving only the section north of the M2 Hills Motorway to retain the Metroad 7 route marker. The Metroad 6 was extended northwards from Carlingford to join M2 Hills Motorway at the same time. This was the condition it had stayed until 2013.

With the introduction of alphanumeric routes in New South Wales, the entire Cumberland Highway was allocated the A28 route in May–June 2013 and Metroad 7 was completely decommissioned.

Track[edit]

  • Pennant Hills Road (from Wahroonga to North Parramatta)
  • James Ruse Drive (from North Parramatta to Constitution Hill)
  • Briens Road
  • Old Windsor Road
  • Hart Drive
  • Freame Street
  • Emert Street
  • Jersey Road
  • Betts Road
  • Warren Road
  • Smithfield Road
  • Palmerston Road
  • New Cambridge Street
  • Cambridge Street
  • Joseph Street
  • Orange Grove Road

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Former NSW State Route 53, Ozroads, Retrieved on 8 June 2013.[self-published source]
  2. ^ a b Cumberland Highway History, Ozroads, Retrieved on 8 June 2013.[self-published source]
  3. ^ Metroad 7, Ozroads, Retrieved on 9 June 2013.[self-published source]