High Street Upgrade Project

Latest project updates

Section 3 to commence 13 August

ROAD CLOSURE: Section 3 of the High Street Upgrade is underway and will require the road to be closed to all traffic, between Station and Henry Streets.

The closure will be in effect for 5 weeks, from 13 August – 16 September.

Night works will continue at the Station and High Street intersection, until Friday 24 August.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these closures.

Section 2 commenced 30 July

The High Street Upgrade is ongoing and on schedule, and the next section of works has commenced.

Night works are now underway at the intersection of Station and High Streets. Traffic controls will be in place at this intersection between 9pm and 5am, Monday to Friday, until 24 August.

Section 1B ongoing

The next section of works on High Street has started on the north side of High Street between Woodriff and Station Streets. Traffic conditions have also changed – eastbound traffic has closed and westbound traffic has reopened.

High street works have now been accelerated and are due to finish in late November, so you’ll see more construction happening day and night.

While parking and traffic conditions on High Street are changed, there is parking available nearby at the Allen Place, Union Road and Judges car parks, and pedestrian access is not affected, and all businesses are open as normal.

Project overview

High Street is getting a face lift.

Penrith Council is about to start upgrading and transforming High Street in the Penrith city centre. This is an important, city-shaping project that will renew the city centre and have major benefits for residents, workers, visitors and local businesses.

We will be injecting new life into High Street, improving and increasing outdoor dining spaces, making shops easier to access and making Penrith’s city centre more sustainable into the future.

We will be upgrading drainage infrastructure within High Street to improve protection from flash flooding and future-proof the city centre for years to come.

Once the works are completed, High Street will be a more liveable and desirable place to be day and night.

We understand that disruption is not welcome news, but it is necessary to renew the city centre and give Penrith a thriving main street for all to enjoy now and for years to come.

We are doing everything we can to minimise the disruption and keep High Street open for businesses and shoppers. To do this, we’ll be doing the work in stages, and doing night works where possible. We’ll also be working closely with our contractor to communicate with local businesses and the community at every stage of the works.

What are we doing?

We’ll be replacing and upgrading some of the aging infrastructure along High Street, from Woodriff Street to Riley Street.

The works include:

  • Installing significant stormwater culverts to reduce flash flooding.
  • Constructing new granite paving on the footpath.
  • Installing new street furniture.
  • Upgrading the street lighting.
  • Replacing the trees with new, appropriatemedium sized street trees that will provide shade.
  • Constructing 3 footpath extensions for additional outdoor dining and seating.

We’ll be doing the work in 3 sections:

  • Section 1 - Woodriff to Station Street
  • Section 2 – Intersection of High and Station Street
  • Section 3 – Station Street to Riley Street

Why are we upgrading High Street?

These upgrades will renew the city centre and make a big difference to High Street.

It will be a more attractive and inviting place, much easier for people to access, and provide more opportunities for businesses to thrive in a 24-hour economy.

By replacing some of the ageing infrastructure, we can create a city centre that people enjoy spending time in, with enhanced accessibility, at any time of the day or night.

The works will link to the newly completed Triangle Park to make High Street easier and safer for people to walk around, provide more options for people to enjoy the space through outdoor dining and seating, and update the space to contribute to a broader network of high quality urban spaces in the city centre.

We’ll also be replacing the trees with ones more suited to the area, and adding new plants. This will not only make High Street look great, but will also help keep temperatures down in the hotter months.

And the new stormwater management we’re installing will protect High Street and businesses from flash flooding for years to come.

How can I stay up to date with the project?

Come to a pop up event
We will be holding regular information pop-up sessions, which anyone is welcome to attend. These are an opportunity get a real-time update on the works and ask any questions you have.

The dates and places of these pop-up sessions will be advertised in the right column of this page.

Follow this project page
If you want to get regular project updates, you can click on the ‘Stay Informed’ button in the right column of this page and we will send you a monthly eNewsletter with project updates.

Latest project updates

Section 3 to commence 13 August

ROAD CLOSURE: Section 3 of the High Street Upgrade is underway and will require the road to be closed to all traffic, between Station and Henry Streets.

The closure will be in effect for 5 weeks, from 13 August – 16 September.

Night works will continue at the Station and High Street intersection, until Friday 24 August.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these closures.

Section 2 commenced 30 July

The High Street Upgrade is ongoing and on schedule, and the next section of works has commenced.

Night works are now underway at the intersection of Station and High Streets. Traffic controls will be in place at this intersection between 9pm and 5am, Monday to Friday, until 24 August.

Section 1B ongoing

The next section of works on High Street has started on the north side of High Street between Woodriff and Station Streets. Traffic conditions have also changed – eastbound traffic has closed and westbound traffic has reopened.

High street works have now been accelerated and are due to finish in late November, so you’ll see more construction happening day and night.

While parking and traffic conditions on High Street are changed, there is parking available nearby at the Allen Place, Union Road and Judges car parks, and pedestrian access is not affected, and all businesses are open as normal.

Project overview

High Street is getting a face lift.

Penrith Council is about to start upgrading and transforming High Street in the Penrith city centre. This is an important, city-shaping project that will renew the city centre and have major benefits for residents, workers, visitors and local businesses.

We will be injecting new life into High Street, improving and increasing outdoor dining spaces, making shops easier to access and making Penrith’s city centre more sustainable into the future.

We will be upgrading drainage infrastructure within High Street to improve protection from flash flooding and future-proof the city centre for years to come.

Once the works are completed, High Street will be a more liveable and desirable place to be day and night.

We understand that disruption is not welcome news, but it is necessary to renew the city centre and give Penrith a thriving main street for all to enjoy now and for years to come.

We are doing everything we can to minimise the disruption and keep High Street open for businesses and shoppers. To do this, we’ll be doing the work in stages, and doing night works where possible. We’ll also be working closely with our contractor to communicate with local businesses and the community at every stage of the works.

What are we doing?

We’ll be replacing and upgrading some of the aging infrastructure along High Street, from Woodriff Street to Riley Street.

The works include:

  • Installing significant stormwater culverts to reduce flash flooding.
  • Constructing new granite paving on the footpath.
  • Installing new street furniture.
  • Upgrading the street lighting.
  • Replacing the trees with new, appropriatemedium sized street trees that will provide shade.
  • Constructing 3 footpath extensions for additional outdoor dining and seating.

We’ll be doing the work in 3 sections:

  • Section 1 - Woodriff to Station Street
  • Section 2 – Intersection of High and Station Street
  • Section 3 – Station Street to Riley Street

Why are we upgrading High Street?

These upgrades will renew the city centre and make a big difference to High Street.

It will be a more attractive and inviting place, much easier for people to access, and provide more opportunities for businesses to thrive in a 24-hour economy.

By replacing some of the ageing infrastructure, we can create a city centre that people enjoy spending time in, with enhanced accessibility, at any time of the day or night.

The works will link to the newly completed Triangle Park to make High Street easier and safer for people to walk around, provide more options for people to enjoy the space through outdoor dining and seating, and update the space to contribute to a broader network of high quality urban spaces in the city centre.

We’ll also be replacing the trees with ones more suited to the area, and adding new plants. This will not only make High Street look great, but will also help keep temperatures down in the hotter months.

And the new stormwater management we’re installing will protect High Street and businesses from flash flooding for years to come.

How can I stay up to date with the project?

Come to a pop up event
We will be holding regular information pop-up sessions, which anyone is welcome to attend. These are an opportunity get a real-time update on the works and ask any questions you have.

The dates and places of these pop-up sessions will be advertised in the right column of this page.

Follow this project page
If you want to get regular project updates, you can click on the ‘Stay Informed’ button in the right column of this page and we will send you a monthly eNewsletter with project updates.