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Residents prepare for eight week closure of Lawrence Hargrave Drive next month

Lawrence Hargrave Drive

NORTHERN suburbs residents are preparing for the eight-week closure of Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Stanwell Park next month.

Transport for NSW will carry out slope repairs on Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Stanwell Park from next month to ensure the road remains safe and open to traffic in the long term.

State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans said the road will be closed 24 hours a day for eight weeks to carry out work, which is in line with community feedback.

“This option minimises long term impacts on the community and allows the work to be completed safely and efficiently,” Mr Evans said.

The work, including construction of a concrete retaining wall and installation of soil nails up to 13 metres long to reinforce and strengthen the slope, will take place from 9am Monday June 15 until 7pm Sunday August 9.

Transport for NSW has adjusted work dates for this project to accommodate urgent rail maintenance on Saturday June 13 and Sunday June 14.

Mr Evans said this will help to minimise impacts to community members making essential journeys while ensuring the safety of all transport users.

During this time, Lawrence Hargrave Drive will be closed in both directions between Lady Wakehurst Drive/Otford Road and Chellow Dene Avenue.

Emergency services will ensure current service levels are maintained during this work.

Detours will be in place via Bulli Pass (Princes Highway) and the M1 Princes Motorway. Motorists are advised to plan their journey and allow up to 45 minutes extra travel time.

Transport for NSW has ready a range of measures to minimise the impacts of this work, including additional temporary train stops on existing train services at Stanwell Park station.

On weekday mornings two existing services travelling to Central will temporarily stop at Stanwell Park, and on weekday afternoons there will be one additional stop on an existing service travelling from Central. Train timetable information is available at

A shuttle bus will be provided to transport members of the community to and from Stanwell Park Station between 6am and 9pm on weekdays, 7.30am and 6.30pm on Saturdays and 8.30am and 5pm on Sundays.

There will be school shuttle buses available to take primary school children who attend schools and services on the opposite side of the closure from their homes.

Transport for NSW is working with schools and bus providers to coordinate these services and will update the community within the next fortnight.

Community members can use existing Route 15 bus services to travel between the Helensburgh train station and the Helensburgh local area.

Transport for NSW will work to ensure traffic congestion is minimised during the planned road closure and detours. Key locations have been identified on the road network where queues will be monitored and traffic control will be in place to intervene as required.

Transport for NSW is following the directives of NSW Health and will continue to keep the community updated in relation to any changes that may occur to planned work as a result of COVID-19.

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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