M12 Motorway

The Australian and NSW governments are proposing to build a new motorway as part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan (WSIP), a 10 year, $3.6 billion road investment program.

The new motorway will provide direct access to the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek and connect to Sydney’s motorway network.

Updates and announcements

M12 - Display of preliminary design and access strategy delayed until early 2018

The M12 preferred corridor route was announced in November 2016. Since the announcement, we have worked to refine the scope of the project and develop the preliminary design and access strategy.

We had anticipated that the display of the preliminary design and access strategy for community feedback would take place in late 2017. However, in recent months the team has carried out further investigation work and made design modifications which we hope will result in a more informative design displayed for feedback in early 2018.

We apologise for any inconvenience resulting from this delay. We understand that the community is eager for further information and we will provide you with details around time frames as they come to hand.

Field investigation work including geotechnical and heritage investigations are underway and will continue over the coming months.

Project snapshot

  • Start date of major construction: 2020s
  • Expected completion date: before the opening of the Western Sydney Airport
  • Funding: Australian and NSW governments

Project background

The new M12 Motorway would provide direct access to Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek and connect to Sydney’s motorway network.

The preferred corridor route is an east-west 16 kilometre motorway between the M7 Motorway, Cecil Hills and The Northern Road, Luddenham. The motorway would provide increased road capacity and reduce congestion and travel times in the future. It would also improve the movement of freight in and through western Sydney and is expected to serve the Western Sydney Priority Growth Area and the Western Sydney Employment Area.

Benefits

The key benefits of the project are to:

  • Provide direct access from the M7 Motorway to Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek, and from the M4 Motorway via The Northern Road
  • Improve access to the Western Sydney Priority Growth Area and the South West Priority Growth Area
  • Increase road capacity for future growth and development
  • Improve traffic safety for road users
  • Increase pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure
  • Improve road freight movement to key commercial centres
  • Reduce the cost of congestion impact to the community and business.

Key features

The key features of the project are:

  • An east-west 16 kilometre motorway between the M7 Motorway, Cecil Hills and The Northern Road, Luddenham
  • A 300 metre wide corridor, that would be reduced to 100-150 metres during the design process
  • A motorway built for four lanes (with provision for up to six lanes) with a central median to separate opposing traffic flows
  • A grade separated interchange at the Western Sydney Airport
  • New at grade connection to The Northern Road
  • Motorway-to-motorway interchange at the M7 Motorway
  • Provision for a grade separated interchange in the vicinity of Mamre Road / Devonshire Road
  • Off-road shared pedestrian and cyclist paths.

What happens next?

Roads and Maritime will actively look at ways to further reduce the impact of the M12 Motorway on the community. The preferred corridor route, announced in November 2016, is currently 300 metres wide however the final width of the motorway is expected to be much less at around 100–150 metres.

Once the road design is finalised, information on the final width of the motorway will be provided to the community and we will contact all potentially impacted property owners to discuss their individual circumstances.

The preliminary road design is expected to be on public display in late 2017.

Construction is expected to start in the early 2020s, subject to approval.

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