NSW Minister for WestConnex Stuart Ayres and Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher last week announced the release of the Environmental Impact Statement for M4-M5 Link, which is the third stage of WestConnex and will link the New M4 Motorway at Haberfield to the New M5 Motorway at St Peters.
"The M4-M5 Link is the most important part of WestConnex, finally linking Sydney's busiest motorways and removing traffic from local streets to seamless underground tunnels by 2023," Mr Ayres said.
"The final stage of WestConnex is set to offer massive benefits to the community beyond a non-stop underground western bypass of Sydney's CBD including new recreational open space, new shared paths and improved connectivity.
"The first 7.5 kilometres of WestConnex is already delivering massive travel savings with plenty more to come as tunnelling passed the 70 per cent mark on the New M4 tunnels and almost two kilometres on the New M5 tunnels.
"The M4-M5 Link will greatly increase capacity and take thousands of vehicles off local roads putting them underground, improving safety and amenity.
"We are building smarter, better roads, utilising the latest technology which for the first time in history will truly integrate Sydney's transport network and deliver a new standard of travel."
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said WestConnex is a key part of the Australian and New South Wales governments' plans to deliver major infrastructure projects to keep Sydney moving and create thousands of jobs.
"Sydney's population is forecast to grow by 1.6 million people by 2031 and without projects like the WestConnex M4-M5 Link we simply won't be able to move freight and people around this great city," Mr Fletcher said
"This essential piece of infrastructure will form the central corridor of Sydney's future road network by connecting to projects like the Western Harbour Tunnel, reducing congestion on local roads and improving the liveability of inner west communities."
Also last week, the NSW Government confirmed it will pursue the sale of a 51 per cent stake in Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) to help fund the M4-M5 Link project.
Construction on the M4-M5 Link is expected to start in 2018 and finish in 2023.
More information is available from the Department of Planning and Environment's Major Projects website at <http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/>. Submissions are due by 16 October 2017.