Planned road link following tender great for Sydney residents

94A new freight route is not only good news for significant parts of eastern Australia – it’s also set to reduce congestion in Sydney.

Transurban and Westlink M7 shareholders have reached an agreement with the NSW government regarding the delivery of the NorthConnex motorway following a tender process, according to a March 16 release from the state government.

This will result in easier commutes and city-wide transport options for Sydney residents, making real estate in middle and outer suburbs an even more attractive option for home buyers and investors.

Fewer heavy trucks for Pennant Hills Road

The NorthConnex motorway will consist of twin tunnels nine kilometres in length that link the M1 and M2 motorways under Sydney’s Pennant Hills Road.

The project will allow freight trucks and other vehicles to “effectively bypass Sydney” when travelling from Newcastle to Melbourne and Canberra.

Pennant Hills Road has six lanes of traffic that service 80,000 vehicles each day, noted NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay.

Of these vehicles, 10,000 are heavy vehicles. This figure is “more than double the average proportion of heavy vehicles on NSW roads,” stated Mr Guy.

“By removing thousands of trucks a day from surface roads, we will improve the lives of tens of thousands of people living near Pennant Hills Road,” announced NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell.

Zooming ahead

The new link will be a section of continuos motorway that diverts up to 5,000 trucks per day from using Pennant Hills Road.

Instead, heavy vehicles as well as cars will be able to bypass 21 sets of traffic lights, noted Mr O’Farrell, compared to using the Pennant Hills Road bypass.

Furthermore, it will offer a faster alternative for trips between the Sydney CBD, Hunter and the Central Coast.

The project will cost a total of $3 billion, funding by a combination of toll charges as well as state and national government funding.

Following a “competitive process” a tenderer has been selected – Lend Lease and Bouygues.

The next stage is that of community consultation and the creation of an Environmental Impact Statement. The project could start within a year if planning approvals go ahead, according to Mr Gay.

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