North-West T-way

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North-West T-way
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Overview
Operator Busways
Hillsbus
Began service March 10, 2007 (2007-03-10)
Route
Start Blacktown Station
Rouse Hill Station
Via Norwest Business Park
Westmead Hospital
End Parramatta Station
Length 24 km

The North-West T-way is a continuous series of bus-only lanes and bus roadways between Parramatta, Blacktown and Rouse Hill in Western Sydney. Opened in stages between March and November 2007, the 24 km (14.9 mi) T-way was the second bus rapid transit route to be built in Sydney after the Liverpool–Parramatta T-way.

Alignment[edit]

The T-way follows Old Windsor Road north from Westmead Hospital. At Memorial Avenue, Kellyville, the route branches, with one branch continuing north along Old Windsor and Windsor roads to Rouse Hill Town Centre and the other heading west along Sunnyholt Road to Blacktown.

The alignment includes 10 new bridges and two new underpasses. Three of the T-way's 24 route-kilometres are bus lanes on existing roads.[1]

From 2019, the Bella Vista–Rouse Hill section of the T-way will operate in parallel with the new Sydney Metro Northwest rail line.

Construction[edit]

The NSW Government announced the T-way network as part of its Action for Transport plan in 1998. The North-West project was approved in February 2004 and was jointly overseen by the then Ministry of Transport and Roads and Traffic Authority. The $323 million design–build–maintain contract was awarded to Leighton and construction began in mid 2005.[2][3] Construction took place alongside a major upgrade and widening program on Windsor and Old Windsor roads, known as 'All the way to Windsor'.[4]

The design was said to avoid many of the mistakes that had made the earlier Liverpool–Parramatta T-way so expensive to build.[5]

The T-way opened in three stages:[6]

  • Parramatta to Merriville Road, Rouse Hill – 10 March 2007
  • Merriville Road to Rouse Hill Town Centre – 25 September 2007
  • Blacktown branch – 4 November 2007.

Stations[edit]

The North-West T-way has 30 stations, spaced approximately every 800 metres. Stations feature closed circuit television, real-time information screens, emergency help points, audio announcements and extensive landscaping.[7]

One station, Parramatta Station, also forms part of the Liverpool–Parramatta T-way. The other stations are, from Parramatta:

From Burns, the Blacktown branch proceeds to:

  • Stanhope, near Stanhope Parkway, Glenwood
  • Sorrento, near Sorrento Drive, Glenwood
  • Wilson, near Wilson Road, Glenwood
  • James Cook, near James Cook Drive, Kings Langley
  • Vardys, near Vardys Road, Blacktown
  • Turner, near Turner Street, Blacktown
  • Bessemer, near Bessemer Street, Blacktown
  • Sackville, near Sackville Street, Blacktown
  • Devitt, near Devitt Street, Blacktown
  • Blacktown, at Blacktown Station.

From Burns, the Rouse Hill branch proceeds to:

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