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.
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.
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- Continue pedestrian and cycling connections to Picton Sportsground
- Investigate options to improve sight distance and road safety at Barkers Lodge Road, with the possible need to signalise
- Future realignment of Lumsdaine Street, including proposed installation of traffic lights
- Proposed landscape, traffic calming and pedestrian amenity improvements near Picton Public School
- Proposed improvements at the intersection of Argyle Street/ Prince Street (including formalising the right turn bay)
- Pedestrian crossing to be moved further north on Argyle Street and converted to a wombat crossing
- Investigate pedestrian safety improvements at the Argyle Street/ Margaret Street traffic lights
- Proposed right turn ban on Menangle Street approach
- Investigate pedestrian improvements on Margaret Street
- Investigate pedestrian connectivity on Colden Street
- Investigate shared path connecting town centre to Picton Street
- Investigate pedestrian connectivity facilities near Victoria Park
- Investigate pedestrian and cyclist improvements on the Prince Street bridge
- Proposed traffic lights at the intersection of Menangle Street/ Prince Street/ Station Street (subject to RMS approval)
View the Picton Town Centre Transport Plan 2026 document.
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 FAQs for responses to questions that were raised during the 2019 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, such as:
- 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; and
- Safety upgrades at Argyle St / Barkers Lodge Rd intersection in March-April 2021
Projects are being pursued in a staged manner over time.
- 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.
Upgrading Prince/Argyle Street intersection to include dedicated turning lanes; and
Realignment of Lumsdaine St and proposed traffic signals. Community engagement will then commence for the Picton Public School precinct once funding is secured.
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!
The Wollondilly Local Government Area is set for significant population growth in the next 20-30 years, which is expected to increase traffic congestion in Picton. In anticipation of this, Council is developing a Picton Town Centre Transport Masterplan to improve traffic conditions in the town centre. This includes significant upgrades to Prince Street, refinement to traffic flow through Colden Street and Margaret Street, relocating the Argyle Street pedestrian crossing and general improvements around the town centre.
The NSW Government has invested $3million for planning and investigations into a Picton Bypass, see https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/ projects/illawarra/picton-bypass/index.html.
Activities carried out to-date include traffic surveys, community consultation and preliminary environmental investigations. As construction on the Bypass is likely to be some years away, it’s important for us to manage the traffic congestion in Picton in the meantime. The measures we are currently looking at will alleviate the traffic stress and will continue to serve our local roads even after the Picton Bypass has been completed, such as the traffic lights at the Menangle Street/Prince Street intersection.
Council has worked on developing concepts that we were confident would meet RMS requirements (noting Menangle Street is not a Council road). Going through the full consultation process with individual land owners before now would have caused confusion. In April 2019 we had an informal session with residents as well as a drop in session, which was well attended. Public exhibition materials regarding the Picton Town Centre Transport Plan are available on the Council website, including the concept design drawings and supporting traffic study.
In-principal approval for the Prince Street signals has been granted by RMS, as the approval authority and future owner of the lights. Detailed designs are yet to be developed.
Options such as a roundabout at Menangle Street or a complete closure of Prince Street have been considered and were found to be either impractical or likely to worsen congestion issues. Improved pedestrian connectivity was an important consideration in the plan.
The short to medium term issue is the quantity of traffic (rather than speed) that will become un-manageable if we do nothing. However, residents are encouraged to request a speed zone review. You can do so at any time by visiting https://www.saferroadsnsw.com.au/haveyoursay.aspx
Note: Council and various community members have requested a speed review of Menangle Street numerous time.
The concepts being put forward to improve the safety conditions on Picton’s roads take into consideration the town’s heritage. Want to know more? If you would like further details or have any concerns about this project, please contact Council’s Infrastructure Coordinator on 46771100. Further information can also be found online at: https://www.yoursay.wollondilly.nsw.gov.au/picton-transport-study
In developing the Transport Master Plan, options for the Prince/Menangle Street Intersection were thoroughly workshopped given the significance of the proposal. A range of options were investigated in detail, including a roundabout and converting Prince St to one way. These alternate options were found to be impractical or worsen congestion issues.
As well as improving traffic flow, the signalisation of Prince/Menangle Street (unlike other options) will improve the long-standing issue of pedestrian connectivity, which we are pleased to remedy for the community.
Council is close to securing approval for the detailed design of the signalisation with Transport for NSW, adjustments to various utility owners, and the required land acquisitions from third parties. Once approved the design will be available to view on this page in the coming weeks.
Download the Picton Town Centre Transport Plan FAQ's to answer some of your most frequently asked questions.