Delivering WestConnex Stage Two: King Georges Road Interchange
30 May 2014
Joint release with:
NSW Minister for Roads and Freight
Leader of the Government
The Australian and NSW Governments are steaming ahead with fixing the M5 with work for Stage Two of the WestConnex motorway project beginning today.
NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay and Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs today announced the start of environmental assessment work for the King Georges Road interchange upgrade.
Mr Briggs said the WestConnex project is one of the Australian Government's key infrastructure priorities to boost Sydney's productivity and slash travel times for motorists.
“WestConnex is one of Australia's largest transport infrastructure projects and will generate more than $20 billion worth of benefits to the Australian economy, while creating almost 10,000 jobs during the construction phase alone.
“The Australian Government has committed $1.5 billion towards WestConnex Stage One plus an additional concessional loan of up to $2 billion to accelerate construction of Stage Two by more than 18 months.
“We are getting on with not only building WestConnex Stage One but also accelerating the construction of Stage Two to ensure we grow our economy more quickly, create thousands of new jobs and bust congestion which is costing the economy billions,” Mr Briggs said.
Minister Gay said that works are on track to start fixing both the M5 and M4 next year.
“The planning application has been lodged on widening the existing M5 East to four lanes in each direction at the King Georges Road interchange and community updates will be distributed to local residents in the coming weeks.
“The upgrades will double the number of lanes from two to four in each direction, providing quicker and more reliable journeys for the 100,000 motorists who use the M5 corridor each day.
“As a result of the Australian Government's concessional loan of up to $2 billion in the recent budget we were able to fast-track the start of work on WestConnex Stage Two to next year.
“This firstly involves upgrading the King Georges Road interchange at Beverly Hills, a well-known bottleneck for south western Sydney motorists.
“A team of specialists is currently preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the interchange upgrade, and noise monitoring as well as traffic and cyclist surveys are already under way.
“The EIS will be displayed for community comment later this year, and subject to planning approval, work will start next year.
WestConnex Stage Two also involves a tunnel from the upgraded King Georges Road interchange to St Peters, and new and upgraded connections to the Sydney Airport and Port Botany precinct.
WestConnex will connect Sydney's west and south-west with the CBD, airport and port precincts, with the final stage due to be completed by 2023.
The NSW Government is providing $1.8 billion worth of funding in addition to the Australian Government's commitments.
Visit www.westconnex.com.au for more information, including in eight community languages; to have your say; or register for project updates.