West Connex project to go ahead

The New South Wales Government has submitted the initial planning application for the $11.5 billion WestConnex motorway in Sydney. This is the start of the largest transport project in Australia. The State Government recently approved the business case showing West Connex should deliver substantial benefits to the NSW economy and reduce congestion in Western Sydney.

“WestConnex is a game-changer for Sydney,” said Barry O'Farrell, NSW Premier. “WestConnex will ease congestion, deliver liveable and connected communities and create jobs across Sydney.. It will save motorists time by making travel between Sydney's west and the east easier.

WestConnex will connect West and South West Sydney with the rest of the city, airport and port in a 33 km continuous freeway. Work will be carried out in three stages, with the first stage scheduled to be complete in 2017.

“WestConnex will inject $20 billion into the NSW economy, including hundreds of apprenticeships for young people,” said O'Farrell.

Stage One will see the M4 widened to four lanes in each direction from Parramatta to Homebush and then be extended through three-lane tunnels under the Parramatta Road corridor to Parramatta Road and City West Link.

The announcement calculated the motorway will help travellers avoid up to 52 sets of traffic lights and save about 40-minute travel time between Parramatta and Sydney Airport, as well reducing the travel time from Parramatta to the Sydney CBD to 25 minutes.

Apart from injecting $20 billion into the NSW economy, the project promises 10,000 construction jobs as well as removing up to 3,000 trucks per day from Parramatta Road  putting them in underground tunnels.

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