WestConnex - milestone achieved

28 November 2013

WestConnex - milestone achieved

The NSW Government is steaming ahead with WestConnex with Roads Minister Duncan Gay calling for expressions of interest from industry to widen the M4 from six to eight lanes, while also releasing the concept design for the M4 East tunnel.

WestConnex is Australia’s largest transport project, which will transform Sydney by linking the city’s west and east with the airport and port.

“There is now strong momentum behind WestConnex and we’ve reached an important milestone before construction starts on the first stage,” Mr Gay said.

“The widening of the M4 and its extension via a tunnel along the Parramatta Road corridor will transform this part of Sydney,” Mr Gay said.

“Not only will it deliver improved travel times and reliability for all motorists by easing congestion, it will provide a new way of living for the communities along Parramatta Road.

“Taking through traffic off Parramatta Road will allow for significant urban revitalisation and reconnect the communities on either side of the corridor.”

Stage 1 of WestConnex includes widening the M4 from three to four lanes in each direction from Church Street, Parramatta to Homebush Bay Drive, Homebush.
Stage 1 will then extend the motorway, called the M4 East, via a 6km tunnel of three lanes in each direction from west of Concord Road, North Strathfield to Parramatta Road and City West Link at Haberfield.

Communities and businesses can now have their say on Stage 1.

In addition to the release of concept design for the M4 East, , the planning application has also been lodged today.

This follows the submission of the M4 widening planning application last month, meaning all planning applications have now been lodged for stage one of WestConnex.

“We’re getting on with the job of delivering much needed infrastructure for NSW,” Mr Gay said.

“WestConnex is a game-changer and this is another step towards bringing this important project to life.”

WestConnex supporting works which include new connections at Westmead, Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park will be delivered as part of the M4 widening.

“Building the motorway will require some property acquisitions, but we will try to keep them to a minimum,” Mr Gay said.

“The exact number is not known at this stage as the final route alignment has not been determined, but it is expected to be about 100 properties.” he said.

“This is substantially fewer than comparable projects such as the Warringah Expressway or the Sydney Harbour Bridge.”

The table below is a comparison of the likely property impacts of the M4 East relative to other major Sydney road projects.

Comparison of the likely property impacts

Infrastructure Properties impacted Approximate distance (kms) When
Warringah Expressway at North Sydney 508 2.5 1960s
Sydney Harbour Bridge (both sides) 800+ 2.5 1930s
Kings Cross Tunnel 118 1.5 1970s
WestConnex M4 East 100+ 6.0 Post 2013

Concept design plans are available at www.westconnex.com.au. The feedback period on the concept design closes 17 February 2014.

The NSW Government is investing $1.8 billion in WestConnex, with the Australian Government contributing $1.5 billion.

WestConnex will link Sydney’s west and south-west with the city, airport and port and provide a missing link in the Sydney Orbital Network.

The motorway will be delivered in three stages and is due for completion in 2023.

Visit www.westconnex.com.au for more information, to have your say, or register to receive project updates by email.

Media: Lance Northey 0467 743 192 or Marie Scoutas 0467 739 976

View the original media release (PDF)

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