Canterbury Town Centre upgrade

Canterbury Town Centre upgrade
Artist impression of Canterbury Road Upgrade
Work is underway on a $5.2 million upgrade of Canterbury Town Centre, aimed at improving the intersection at Charles Street and Roberts Street. Canterbury Town Centre Upgrade Work is underway on a $5.2 million upgrade of Canterbury Town Centre, aimed at improving the intersection at Charles Street and Roberts Street. Development

Canterbury Town Centre Upgrade Stage 2

Creating liveable and distinctive town centres is a priority for the community and Council.

Investing in our town centres is about revitalising and activating our main streets. With the Canterbury Town Centre upgrade, it’s about bringing new energy and excitement to Canterbury, and transforming it into a commercial, social and cultural heart of the City.

Overview of Project | Current Work | Contact us

Overview of Project

The project includes:

  • Realignment of Canterbury Road, Close Street and Charles Street intersection to facilitate new traffic signals
  • A slip lane from northbound Canterbury Road to Charles Street for safer turning from Canterbury Road onto Charles St
  • Construction of dedicated right-hand turning lane from southbound Canterbury Road to Charles Street, a left turning lane from Close Street to Canterbury Road, and a right turning lane from Charles Street to Canterbury Road to allow safer right hand turning from Canterbury Road to Charles Street
  • New streetlights and paved footpaths for the safety of pedestrians
  • Undergrounding of overhead power lines
  • Upgrade of the Canterbury Road shared path underpass which falls along the Cooks River cycleway, this includes lowering and widening the path and installing lights. Adding convenience and increased foot and bike capacity to the shared path.

The intersection upgrades are essential for the safety of vehicles and pedestrians. The improvements will make turning at the intersection safer for vehicles and crossing the road easier for pedestrians.

The shared path underpass upgrade will improve accessibility and safety for pedestrians and cyclists using the Cooks River cycleway. The upgrade will provide greater clearance from the bridge and ample space for pedestrians and cyclists to use the path at the same time. During the upgrade, the underpass will remain closed and Council recommends cyclists use the detour route on the map below.

Current work notification

To complete pavement work for the intersection upgrade, we will close Charles Street from 6pm on Thursday 26 October to 7am on Monday 30 October. We will also close one lane on Canterbury Road at night. A detour will be in place with restricted access for vehicles into Charles Street during this period.

Our work hours will be 24/7 during this closure to ensure we complete the work. We will try to keep our night work to low noise activities where possible.

Details of work activities

  • Closure of Charles Street for pavement work which involves:
    • Establishing a temporary detour to close Charles Street
    • Temporarily removing one lane on Canterbury Road
    • Removing concrete barriers
    • Excavation and saw cutting of the existing road
    • Pavement work Including concrete and asphalt work
    • Kerb work
    • Reinstatement of concrete barriers
    • Linemarking
  • Traffic lanes will be changed along Canterbury Road from 30 October to allow for construction of the intersection to progress
  • A temporary pedestrian detour at the intersection of Close Street and Canterbury Road will be in place from 30 October.  Pedestrians will need to walk about 50 metres along Close Street, for the remainder of the project.

How work will affect you

Road and footpath closures are expected; however, traffic controllers will be on-site to assist pedestrians and vehicles travel safely through the area. A detour will be in place (see map overleaf) for vehicles to access Charles Street via Broughton Street. There will be no parking next to the work site. Work may be loud; however, every effort will be taken to ensure the noisiest works are completed by midnight. All works are weather/site conditions permitting.


Contact Us

Contact Council’s on Projects Team on or 0427 133 082.

A drawing of the intersection update

The City of Canterbury Bankstown acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, water and skies of Canterbury-Bankstown, the Darug (Darag, Dharug, Daruk, Dharuk) People. We recognise and respect Darug cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge the First Peoples’ continuing importance to our CBCity community.