NorthConnex Environmental Impact Statement comment period closing
10 September 2014
Joint release with:
NSW Minister for Roads and Freight
Leader of the Government Legislative Council
The Australian and NSW Governments have encouraged the community to provide submissions on the NorthConnex Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) ahead of the comment period closing on 12 September.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs and NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the EIS provides the community with detailed information and analysis around modelling for the proposed project.
“The Australian Government is committed to delivering world class infrastructure projects across Sydney to ensure we create thousands of new jobs and slash travel times for motorists,” Mr Briggs said.
“Motorists could bypass 21 sets of traffic along Pennant Hills Road and save up to 15 minutes travel time once NorthConnex is complete.
“NorthConnex will also provide motorists with an alternative route to the Sydney CBD, avoiding 40 traffic lights along the Pacific Highway from the M1 Pacific Motorway to the Sydney Harbour Bridge,” he said.
“In March we announced the preferred scheme for this project to provide nine kilometre twin tunnels under Pennant Hills Road, relieving congestion along the corridor linking the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga to the M2 Motorway at the Pennant Hills Road interchange at West Pennant Hills,” Mr Gay said.
“If approved, the $3 billion NorthConnex would link into the Sydney Orbital network to form part of the National Highway route.
“Already during the EIS period more than 1000 people have attended information sessions and briefings and the project team has sent more than 25,000 pieces of correspondence to residents, business owners and other stakeholders to help them provide valuable feedback.
“All feedback provided as part of the EIS will be collated, responses provided and a submissions report prepared for public display.
“Feedback from the document will be overseen by the Department of Planning and Environment, with submissions expected from several government agencies including the EPA, Department of Health, NSW Office of Water and the Office of Environment and Heritage.
“The Department of Planning and Environment will consider all feedback and make a recommendation to the Minister for Planning about whether the project should proceed,” he said.