WestCon­nex to keep Syd­ney mov­ing

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Work on Syd­ney’s new $4.3 bil­lion M5 reached a ma­jor mile­stone with tun­nelling start­ing at the Arn­cliffe and Bex­ley con­struc­tion sites re­cently.

Min­is­ter for WestCon­nex Stu­art Ayres says work to de­liver Aus­tralia’s largest trans­port project was push­ing ahead with two road­head­ers al­ready work­ing to build the new M5’s 9km twin tun­nels stretch­ing from St Peters to Bev­erly Hills.

“Th­ese new tun­nels will run roughly in par­al­lel to the ex­ist­ing M5 east, ex­pand­ing the over­all mo­tor­way cor­ri­dor from two to four lanes in each di­rec­tion, dou­bling its ca­pac­ity, and halv­ing the time it takes for mo­torists to get from Bev­erly Hills to St Peters,” he says.

“We’re push­ing ahead to de­liver this project for west­ern Syd­ney mo­torists, with tun­nelling tak­ing place 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at three of the four tun­nelling sites, with ad­di­tional road­head­ers to launch from Kings­grove later this year.

“Since Novem­ber last year, when tun­nelling first started at the site of the St Peters In­ter­change, the road­head­ers have pro­gressed by al­most 150 me­tres.”

The new M5 tun­nels will be taller, wider and less steep than the ex­ist­ing M5 east to en­sure a smoother ride for mo­torists and sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced emis­sions. Above ground, work is tak­ing shape with hun­dreds of staff and large ma­chin­ery work­ing on sites along the cor­ri­dor, in­clud­ing at the St Peters In­ter­change and lo­cal road up­grades.

“When the project opens to traf­fic in early 2020, the new M5 will pro­vide re­lief for mo­torists cur­rently stuck on one of Syd­ney’s most con­gested roads, with av­er­age travel times close to halved and av­er­age travel speeds dou­bled dur­ing peak times,” Ayres says.

“WestCon­nex will change the lives of tens of thou­sands of west­ern Syd­ney mo­torists ev­ery day for the bet­ter and con­struc­tion is pro­gress­ing at mul­ti­ple project sites to make that hap­pen.”

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