24 October 2016
The Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, together with the Minister for Urban Infrastructure, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Federal Member for Berowra, Julian Leeser MP and NSW Minister for Roads and Freight, the Hon Duncan Gay MP, today toured the NorthConnex Project in Sydney’s north.
The Prime Minister visited the NorthConnex Southern Compound in order to mark the completion of the deepest shaft, at 90 metres, on the project. Construction is well underway across the project with seven roadheaders working in three tunneling locations.
“NorthConnex is a great partnership between the private sector, the Federal Government and State Government, working together to deliver great urban outcomes to the people of New South Wales,” Mr Turnbull said. “This is a massive investment in the urban environment in this part of Sydney, to make our city more liveable, in a way that serves the people. We are building cities that will enable us to grow and prosper in the years ahead.”
Julian Leeser MP, Member for Berowra, emphasised the importance of the project to the local area. “Pennant Hills Road is one of the worst roads in Australia”, he said. “Northconnex will take 5,000 trucks off Pennant Hills Road every day and will offer motorists up to 15 minutes in saved travel time by allowing them to bypass up to 21 traffic lights. This project will allow us to reclaim our local roads for local residents and local business.”
At $3 billion, NorthConnex is a critical element in the Australian Government’s $50 billion road and rail infrastructure plan. By linking the M1 and the M2, NorthConnex delivers the missing link in Sydney’s motorway system.
“The benefits will be felt far beyond the boundaries of Berowra,” Mr Leeser said. “NorthConnex creates more efficient movement of state and national freight. The new motorway will deliver the infrastructure our national economy needs along with quality outcomes for local residents, including better road safety and reduced air and noise pollution.”
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