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Westconnex to Provide Benefits for Western Sydney

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The $11.5 billion WestConnex project will provide improved travel times for people living in Penrith, Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains regions, Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Transport Stuart Ayres along with the Members for Londonderry, Bart Bassett, Mulgoa, Tanya Davies and Blue Mountains, Roza Sage said today.


The NSW Government last week lodged the initial planning application for the WestConnex motorway, after approving the business case showing the project will deliver major benefits for the NSW economy and the motorists of Western Sydney.


The NSW Government confirmed WestConnex will be built in three stages with plans for the M4 widening to start first and be completed in 2017.


WestConnex is the largest infrastructure project in Australia, linking western and south Western Sydney with the city, airport and port in a 33 km continuous motorway.


Mr Ayres said WestConnex would ease congestion, deliver liveable and connected communities and create jobs across Sydney.


“Travel times will be slashed for people living in the western suburbs, with a typical trip from James Ruse Drive to Sydney Airport dropping by 40 minutes with motorists avoiding up to 52 sets of traffic lights,” said Mr Ayres.


“Residents of Sydney’s Greater West will still be able to travel along the M4 from Penrith to Parramatta without paying a toll,” Mr Ayres said.


“I encourage local residents to visit the WestConnex website http://www.westconnex.com.au/ and use our travel time calculator to see how it will improve their journey.


“WestConnex is a game-changer for Sydney – it will save motorists time by making travel between Sydney’s west and the east easier”, said Mrs Davies.


“This delivers on our election commitment and means relief is now in sight for Western Sydney motorists,” said Mrs Davies.


“Mr Bassett said WestConnex would remove up to 3,000 trucks a day from Parramatta Road and put them in underground tunnels, returning the surface roads and land uses to local communities.


“This will enable urban revitalisation to occur along the 20 km long corridor between Broadway and Parramatta, creating new jobs, stimulating productivity and delivering new homes in this key growth area of Sydney,” Mr Bassett said.


The Government has wasted no time in getting on with the job, industry briefings have been held with parties interested in providing services for WestConnex.


Mrs Sage said the Government also had announced $50 million for WestConnex supporting works to improve access for M4 motorists into and out of Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park.


Three projects will target key areas to give motorists more choice and easier access to the M4 corridor:



  • New eastbound access to Westmead and Parramatta at Bridge Road from the M4 (near Coleman Street);

  • New westbound access from Parramatta at Church Street to the M4; and

  • New eastbound access at Hill Road from Sydney Olympic Park to the M4.

The NSW Government is providing $1.8 billion for WestConnex while the new Australian Government has committed $1.5 billion over four years.


 





























Stage


Location


Estimated cost


Timing


1


M4


Parramatta to Haberfield


$3.4–$3.6 billion


Planning now to 2015


Design & Construction 2015-2019


 


2


M5 East Airport Link


Beverly Hills to St Peters


$3.6–$3.8 billion


Planning 2013-2017


Design & Construction 2016-2020


3


M4 South


Haberfield to St Peters


$4.0- $4.1 billion


Planning 2015-2018


Design & Construction 2018-2023


 


Total


$11- $11.5 billion


 


 


The WestConnex Business Case was developed by a team of local and international infrastructure, urban planning and finance experts from across the public and private sectors.


Stage 1 will include a widened M4 to four lanes in each direction from Church Street, Parramatta to Homebush Bay Drive, Homebush and an extension of the M4 via twin 3 lane tunnels under the Parramatta Road corridor to Parramatta Road and City West Link, Haberfield.


 


Key facts



  • Up to 52 sets of traffic lights can be bypassed

  • 40 minutes will be saved on a typical trip from Parramatta to Sydney Airport

  • 10 kilometres of bus lanes will be created on Parramatta Road, almost halving travel times from the inner-west to the city

  • 3,000 trucks a day will be taken off Parramatta Road and put in tunnels

  • 10,000 construction jobs will be created, including hundreds of apprenticeships

  • More than $20 billion in economic benefits to NSW

  • More reliable trips will be created for people, businesses and freight, increasing productivity and contributing to Sydney’s GDP.

  • M4 toll free from Penrith to Parramatta.

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