Sydney’s to complete freeway link by 2019

The NSW Government has reached an agreement with Transurban and the Westlink M7 shareholders to deliver the NorthConnex motorway. The major feature the motorway will be the twin nine kilometre tunnels linking the M1 (formerly the F3) and M2 motorways under Pennant Hills Road.

“This is a project that has long been talked about but will become a reality,” said NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell. “NorthConnex will significantly ease traffic congestion in Sydney by taking up to 5,000 trucks a day off Pennant Hills Road, while vehicles using the tunnel will bypass 21 sets of traffic lights.”

According to Premier O’Farrell, the completion of the link will provide a continuous motorway between the Hunter region and Central Coast and Western and South Western Sydney and will make it possible to travel by road from Newcastle to Canberra and Melbourne without encountering a single traffic light. “The more efficient movement of freight will deliver major benefits to the Australian and NSW economies,” he said.

Subject to planning approval, construction on the $3 billion project could start within 12 months and be completed in 2019.

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