Delivering WestConnex: first environmental exhibition for M5 East Corridor

Media Release

JB113/2014

22 October 2014

Joint release with:

Hon. Duncan Gay MLC

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight;
Leader of the Government Legislative Council

Federal Assistant Infrastructure Minister Jamie Briggs and NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay today announced the release of the Environmental Impact Statement for the first WestConnex project to be constructed on the M5 East corridor.

The start of community consultation on the EIS for the King Georges Road Interchange Upgrade is a key milestone for easing congestion on the M5 in Sydney's south west.

The EIS shows the interchange upgrade will improve travel times there by up to 49 per cent when WestConnex is completed.

King Georges Road is a critical bottleneck on the M5 East corridor and we have fast tracked the project by 18 months thanks to a $2 billion concessional loan from the Australian Government.

The 100,000 motorists who use the M5 corridor each day would know how essential it is that we begin this project as soon as possible to provide an additional lane in each direction at the interchange.

Capacity will be increased on all ramps, including the eastbound on-ramp and westbound off-ramp between King Georges Road and the M5 East, and once the Stage 2 tunnels are open to St Peters, eastbound traffic from King Georges Road won't need to merge.

A shortlist of contractors to build the project has also been determined after receiving strong interest from Australian and overseas consortia. All seven expressions of interest have been assessed and we have shortlisted this down to three contractors to bid for the work:

  • Fulton Hogan
  • McConnell Dowell
  • Seymour Whyte

The construct-only contract involves realignment and extension work at the interchange ahead of the major tunnel work from Beverly Hills to St Peters.

Tenders are due later this year with the contract to be awarded next year and work to start by mid 2015.

WestConnex is expected to generate up to 10,000 jobs during construction, and deliver more than $20 billion in economic benefits to NSW.

The NSW Government is providing $1.8 billion worth of funding and the Australian Government $1.5 billion, in addition to its concessional loan.

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.

Community information sessions on the EIS will be held at Regina Coeli Church Hall, 70 Ponyara Road, Beverly Hills on Saturday 1 November, 9am to 12pm and at Beverly Hills North Public School, 1&@8211;3 Shorter Avenue, Beverly Hills on Monday 10 November, 3pm to 7pm.

For details visit www.westconnex.com.au.

Formal written submissions on the M5 - King Georges Road Interchange Upgrade EIS can be submitted with project number SSI 14_6547 to the Department of Planning and Environment, GPO Box 39, Sydney NSW 2001 or submitted online at www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au by Friday 21 November 2014.