Central Coast jobs to be supported by NorthConnex

9 February 2015

Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads Ray Williams MP today described the start of work on the $3 billion NorthConnex project as a historic day for the Central Coast.

NorthConnex will link the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga to the M2 Motorway at West Pennant Hills.

“NorthConnex will transform travel between the Central Coast and Sydney and will come with economic benefits for communities of the Central Coast,” Mr Williams said.

“Central Coast businesses are amongst those expected to benefit from the 8,700 jobs to be created directly and indirectly by the project.

“A local business register will be established so those businesses interested in engaging with the project can identify their interest as the project progresses.

“I’m delighted that work has begun on the project, with the NSW and Federal Governments marking the first sod turning with the proponents Transurban and the Westlink M7 shareholders yesterday.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals are a government of their word. Before we came into office, during the 2011 election campaign we promised to start one of Sydney’s missing links.

“Well here are two started and we’re not done yet, NorthConnex is the second missing link to be started by this government, the M5 West widening was the first.

“NorthConnex will operate in line with world’s best practice and comes with unprecedented air quality safeguards for any tunnel project in NSW.”

“A dedicated environmental management plan will be in place for when major tunnelling work is ready to begin later this year however construction will happen under strict conditions on hours of operation and noise.

The twin nine kilometre tunnels running under Pennant Hills Road will save motorists 15 minutes of travel time compared to Pennant Hills Road, bypassing 21 sets of traffic lights and providing an alternative route to the Pacific Highway.

For more information visit NorthConnex.com.au

Media contact: Marie Scoutas 0467 739 976

View the original media release (pdf)

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