Traffic changes on M2 to progress NorthConnex
Friday 22 January 2016
Minister for Roads Duncan Gay, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance and Transurban Group General Manager NSW Andrew Head today announced a program of work which will support the delivery of one of the NSW Government’s most significant transport infrastructure projects – NorthConnex.
On February 6, work will start to build an extra lane of traffic on the Hills M2 between Pennant Hills Road and Windsor Road to accommodate vehicles exiting NorthConnex.
“NorthConnex will provide a critical link for motorists travelling between Western Sydney and the Central Coast. We’ll see major travel time improvements and thousands of trucks off Pennant Hills Road,” Mr Gay said.
While work is carried out on the Hills M2 over the next two years, road users travelling westbound will need to reduce their speed for a few kilometres of the motorway.
“We’re getting on with the job of building projects to cater for Sydney’s growth, but drivers will need to be patient as the job is done over the coming two years.
“When completed, NorthConnex will be capable of carrying more than 100,000 vehicles each day and will remove around 5000 trucks from the congested Pennant Hills Road corridor.”
When work starts on the new merge lane on 6 February, the speed limit will be reduced from 100 km/h to 80 km/h on the 3.5 kilometre section of the motorway for safety reasons.
Bus customers will experience some delays in the afternoon peak, with the bus lane to be used for general traffic in the section being upgraded. Additional travel time has already been built into timetables for Hillsbus M2 services in October last year in preparation for major work in the CBD and NorthConnex.
Mr Constance said: “We’ve attempted to minimise disruption as much as possible but our customers will notice the commute home may be a little longer than normal.”
Cyclists will be impacted, with riders required to detour around this section of the motorway between Pennant Hills Road and Windsor Road while work is carried out.
“A marked detour will be in place for cyclists wanting to travel east or westbound on the M2 via Northmead Avenue, Kleins Road, Moxhams Road, Reilleys Road, Willmott Avenue, Model Farms Road and Junction Road,” Mr Gay said.
“NorthConnex will be great for tradespeople and motorists travelling between Western Sydney and the Central Coast and Hunter region – it will effectively be a bypass of Sydney’s busy CBD.
Mr Head thanked motorists and commuters for their patience while this critical construction work takes place.
“These are important works to enable the construction of NorthConnex, which completes a missing link in Sydney’s motorway network,” Mr Head said.
“We will work hard to minimise disruption to all road users.”
The $3 billion NorthConnex project funded by the NSW Government and Transurban will include twin nine kilometre tunnels under Pennant Hills Road that will bypass up to 21 sets of traffic lights, save motorists 15 minutes of travel time and return local roads to local communities when it opens in 2019.
MEDIA: Vanessa Juresic | Minister Gay | 0419 618 081
Josh Murphy I Minister Constance I 0409 086 207
Brad Burden | Transurban | 02 9254 5280