Picton town centre currently experiences traffic congestion in a few key locations, which is forecast to worsen in future years. The location of the town, impacted by the surrounding topography and existing transport networks results in a large proportion of through traffic travelling via the town centre. This through traffic is mainly travelling from Tahmoor, Thirlmere and smaller towns and villages to the south of Picton towards the Hume Motorway and Wollongong in the east. Due to a weight restriction on Prince Street, which provides the only other east-west connection, a high volume of heavy vehicles make up the traffic travelling through Picton, affecting pedestrian amenity, safety and the general attractiveness of the town centre.
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Argyle Street Signalisation
Menangle Street Signalisation
What has Happened so Far?
Since 2017 Council has undertaken investigations into the current and future transport needs for Picton, to ensure measures are in place to allow for smoother and safer traffic flow. Community engagement was carried out in April 2019 to let the community know about the planned changes in the Draft Picton Town Centre Transport Plan. Have a look at our FAQ document for responses to questions that were raised during the community engagement process.
The Picton Town Centre Transport Master Plan 2026 was adopted by Council in August 2019 and a number of recommendations have now already been implemented. Projects are being pursued in a staged manner over time.
Council is continuing to advocate for a Picton bypass, however construction is likely to be many years away and we need to manage traffic congestion in Picton in the meantime. The measures in the Transport Plan will alleviate traffic stress and continue to serve our local roads even after a Bypass has been completed.
Projects which have already been implemented as part of the plan include:
- The relocation of the pedestrian crossing on Argyle Street which was constructed in mid-2020, funded by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS)
- Implementation of a ‘No Right Turn’ on Menangle St at Argyle St from 7 April 2021 with a detour route is available via Colden St and Margaret St
- Safety upgrades at Argyle St / Barkers Lodge Rd intersection in March-April 2021
The next stage of the implementation of the Traffic Plan involves signalising the Prince/Menangle Streets intersection and upgrading Prince/Argyle Street intersection to include dedicated turning lanes.
Picton Town Centre Transport Plan 2026
View the Picton Town Centre Transport Plan 2026 document.
Frequently Asked Questions
Community engagement for the Picton Town Centre Transport Plan has now closed. We value the feedback we’ve received from the community - thank you! Download the Picton Town Centre Transport Plan FAQ's to answer some of your most frequently asked questions.
Picton crossing to be relocated for pedestrian safety
Wollondilly Council will be improving the safety and upgrading the streetscape of Argyle Street Picton by relocating the existing pedestrian crossing in Argyle Street, thanks to funding under the Australian Government Black Spot program.
Council has undertaken the design for a new crossing and selected a contractor, aiming to take advantage of the quieter traffic flows resulting from COVID-19 social isolation measures to complete the work.
The existing pedestrian crossing will be relocated from the intersection of Argyle Street and Menangle Street, approximately 45m to the north away from the intersection.
Mayor Matthew Deeth said, “Moving the pedestrian crossing away from the corner and giving it an upgrade will improve the Picton streetscape, but more importantly will make it safer for people crossing the road.”
“This seems like an ideal time to undertake work in a high traffic flow area, as there are less cars than usual on the road while people are responsibly staying home.”
“I would like to thank Member for Hume, Angus Taylor and the Federal Government for providing the Black Spot funding for this important project,” he said.
Work to relocate the crossing is scheduled to start on Monday 27 April 2020 and will take approximately six weeks to complete, with a budget of $310,000.
Traffic controllers will be on site and there may be some disruption to traffic as the work gets under way. All efforts will be made to maintain access to properties and businesses but some minor disruptions may occur.