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.

Upcoming intersection works – night work with local road closures

Pavement work for the intersection upgrade will be done at night from Sunday 17 to Tuesday 19 March (weather permitting) on Canterbury Road, Close Street and Charles Street. Work will include milling the existing asphalt and placing the final asphalt layers. 
Canterbury Road will be reduced to one lane during most of the night work. The following traffic changes are expected for local roads:
  • Sunday 17 March – Charles Street closure between Canterbury Road and Robert Street, with a detour in place with restricted access for vehicles into Charles Street. 
  • Monday 18 March – Close Street will require complete shutdown for vehicle access during this shift from 8pm to the following morning at 5am. Pedestrian access will be provided during the shutdown. Traffic control will be available during these hours to assist residents with alternative parking. 
  • Tuesday 19 March - Charles Street closure between Canterbury Road and Robert Street. with a detour in place with restricted access for vehicles into Charles Street. 
Our work hours will primarily be from 9pm-5am. Where possible, work will be restricted to low noise activities after midnight. 

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 for vehicles to access Charles Street via Broughton Street. Close Street will shut down for vehicular traffic during the scheduled shift. 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.


New traffic signals 

The Canterbury Town Centre intersection upgrade is now almost complete.
Transport for New South Wales will be installing new traffic signals  and this is expected to be completed by late-March 2024. 
The diagrams below show the new traffic arrangements at the intersection, with explanations below.




Close/Charles St
From Close Street:
  • As before, you cannot turn right into Canterbury Road 
  • Use the right lane to go straight across into Charles Street
  • Use the left  lane to turn into Canterbury Road
From Charles St:
  • Use the new right turn lane to turn into Canterbury Road 
  • Use the left lane to either go straight across  into Close Street or to turn left onto Canterbury Road 


Canterbury Road 
Canterbury Road eastbound:
  • You now cannot turn right into Close Street
  • Use the new dedicated left turning lane to turn left onto Charles Street.
Canterbury Road westbound:
  • You now cannot turn right from Canterbury Road into Charles Street from 6-10am and 3-7pm Monday to Friday Use the middle and left lanes to go straight or turn left into Close Street

Intersection civil works

The civil works at the intersection are now also close to complete, including: 
Charles Street:
  • Final layer of resurfacing at intersection with Canterbury Road
  • Civil works for traffic signals
Canterbury Road:
  • Utility work on footpath
  • Installation of new bus stop, signage and street furniture
  • Installation of new traffic medians at Close Street and Charles Street intersections
  • Civil works for traffic signals
Close Street
  • Pavement, utility and drainage work
  • Civil works for traffic signals

Underpass shared use path works

The underpass project has experienced unexpected challenges which resulted in a re-design, involving additional works and technical and safety approvals from Sydney Water and Transport for NSW. . We are in the final stages of finalising this design and hope to resume site works in February, with an approximate reopening date of late May 2024.

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.

Contact Us

Contact Council’s on Projects Team on projects@cbcity.nsw.gov.au 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.