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

Another Green Light for Westconnex

Media Release


05 March 2015

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 Roads Minister Duncan Gay today announced the green light for another part of WestConnex to get under construction.

Planning approval has been granted to fix of one of Sydney's worst pinch points, the King Georges Road Interchange, which is the first part of Stage 2 to get underway.

“The Australian Government's up to $2 billion concessional loan means Stage 2 of WestConnex has been fast tracked by 18 months to provide relief sooner for Western Sydney motorists and businesses,” Mr Briggs said.

“It means easing congestion for the 100,000 motorists who use the M5 each day so they can spend less time stuck in traffic and more time being productive at work or at home with the family.

“Through our multi-billion infrastructure investments we are delivering on our joint plan to slash travel times for motorists and create tens of thousands of jobs for a stronger and more prosperous New South Wales,” Mr Briggs said.

“Anyone sitting in gridlock on the M5 knows this project can't come soon enough,” Mr Gay said.

“Stage 2 of WestConnex is all about fixing the M5 East. The M5 East is a monument to Labor's infrastructure failures, and it's been left to two grown up governments to fix.

“Stage 2 construction will start by upgrading the Interchange at King Georges Road at Beverly Hills, before we build the New M5 tunnel.

“Construction on this upgrade will start by mid year and will almost halve travel times around the interchange when WestConnex is complete.

“The King Georges Road Interchange Upgrade will create more than 100 new jobs during construction, build an extra lane in each direction and increase capacity on the eastbound on-ramp and westbound off-ramps between King Georges Road and the M5 East.

“This approval means work will be underway on both Stages 1 and 2—both the M4 and M5—at the same time. This is an exciting time for Sydney,” Mr Gay said.

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