NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey last week said the State Government is moving ahead with planning for the first section of the F6 extension, with an extra $35 million allocated to the project.
The additional funding means a total of $50 million has now been committed to the proposed project, which consists of a four-kilometre tunnel connecting underground from the WestConnex New M5 junction at Arncliffe to President Avenue in Kogarah.
The link to the south was identified as a priority in the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan 2012 and the State Infrastructure Strategy 2014 as one of the future strategic priorities for Sydney's road network. The existing F6 corridor was reserved in the early 1950s to meet the future needs of the growing populations of southern Sydney and the Illawarra.
"Anyone who drives through this area knows how congested these roads are and how vital this link will be, which is why we are progressing with planning for Stage 1 of the F6 extension," Ms Berejiklian said.
"At this point a final design for the tunnel has not been decided, as we will take our time to listen to the community before coming back in mid-2018 with a detailed design and cost for the project."
According to the government, the first stage of the project will:
- Bypass up to 23 sets of traffic lights on the Princes Highway between St Peters and Kogarah;
- Assist in the reduction of traffic congestion, particularly along the Princes Highway through Arncliffe, Rockdale and Banksia, and the Grand Parade, Brighton-le-Sands, and provide shorter travel times for road users;
- Improve the amenity of the foreshore precinct at Brighton-le-Sands at the Grand Parade;
- Reduce the number of heavy vehicles on surface roads by up to 2,000 per day; and
- Allow motorists coming to or from the north to avoid Sydney Airport traffic.
Roads and Maritime Services is also continuing with early investigation work along the F6 Corridor between Kogarah and Loftus to help determine any possible adjustments for the future motorway.
More information is available from the Roads and Maritime Services website at <http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydney-south/f6/index.html>.