Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

NorthConnex: Maximising jobs for the Central Coast

Media Release


26 February 2015

Joint release with:

Karen McNamara

Federal Member for Dobell

The Australian Government is committed to delivering more jobs for the Central Coast.

In good news for the Central Coast, this month the first sod was turned to start construction on the $3 billion NorthConnex, the nine kilometre twin motorway tunnels linking the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga to the M2 Motorway Pennant Hills.

The project will engage with local businesses throughout construction.

A local business register will be established to advertise the 7,500 jobs which will be created during the construction phase alone, with another 1,200 jobs directly created by the project.

These jobs will be a huge boost for our local economy.

The Australian Government is delivering this game-changing project for the Central Coast's 30,000 commuters, reducing congestion, saving motorists 15 minutes of travel time and bypassing 21 sets of traffic lights.

Once complete, drivers will have a traffic-light free run all the way from Newcastle to Melbourne. This will bring real relief for thousands of families.

The nine kilometre tunnel running to Pennant Hills Road will return local streets to local communities. NorthConnex will take around 5,000 trucks off Pennant Hills Road which currently carries 80,000 vehicles a day and has long been rated as one of the worst roads in New South Wales.

NorthConnex is a 5.3 metre high tunnel built to take three lanes of traffic but marked for two. That means the tunnel will allow for future expansion in capacity and will provide more opportunities for increased public transport to and from our region.

This project is another example of the Australian Government getting on and delivering world class infrastructure to grow the NSW economy and create thousands of jobs.

Information will be updated on and provided to the community throughout the project.