World-first online community event launched for WestConnex M8
An interactive, world-first online community event will give visitors a virtual visit to the WestConnex M8 tunnels and new St Peters Interchange ahead of the $4.3 billion project opening to motorists in the coming weeks.
The interactive portal, ‘westconnexm8.com.au’, launched today, has been created to give visitors as close an experience to a real-life visit as possible.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said today’s launch proved WestConnex continued to be a game-changer for Sydney motorists.
“The M8 Virtual Community Event will replicate a behind-the-scenes “sneak peek” of the tunnels before they open to traffic,” Mr Tudge said.
“People can navigate through a series of 360° narrated tours which provide a first-hand look at the nine-kilometre tunnels and St Peters Interchange.”
“It’s a one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about the M8.”
Visitors can also access tours of new and enhanced recreational spaces, active transport links and public art works around St Peters, Beverly Hills and Kingsgrove.
The event also focuses on STEAM education for children and school students, with interactive games and activities, and the first 1,000 visitors can request a free WestConnex M8 activity pack with lots of fun projects for families to work on at home.
New South Wales Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the M8 virtual community event was designed to increase awareness and understanding of the motorway, as well as thank the community for its patience during construction.
“The community event site is easy to navigate and features a host of resources including driver animations, interactive maps, interviews with project experts and information on time travel savings and tolling,” Mr Constance said.
“The $4.3 billion WestConnex M8 will duplicate the M5 East corridor from the King Georges Road Interchange at Beverly Hills to a new interchange at St Peters via nine-kilometre twin tunnels.
“The WestConnex M8 will get South West Sydney moving by doubling the capacity of the M5 East and saving motorists around a half an hour on a trip to the southern CBD and motorists will be able to travel from Beverly Hills to St Peters in around 10 minutes.
“Workers are completing the fit-out of the tunnels and the final stages of commissioning work and systems testing is underway. The WestConnex M8 is due to open to motorists in the coming weeks.”
The virtual event is now live and can be accessed on phone or computer. Visit www.westconnexm8.com.au for more information.
Minister Tudge – Michael Bennett 0434 782 923
Minister Constance – Elise Barker 0427 250 089