THE early design of the M12 Motorway – which will provide connectivity to Western Sydney Airport and a new motorway connection to rapidly growing areas of Western Sydney – was unveiled last week.
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the new 16-kilometre road would mean that when the new airport opens in late 2026, it will have a direct connection to Sydney's motorway network.
The $5.3 billion first stage of Western Sydney Airport project will deliver a 3.7-kilometre runway and a terminal with capacity for 10 million passengers a year on an approximate 1,780-hectare site at Badgerys Creek, approximately 50 kilometres west of Sydney's CBD. It will also include cargo facilities, maintenance areas, a public transport hub, car parking and areas set aside for business parks.
"With an extra one million people expected to live in Western Sydney by 2031, the Turnbull and Berejiklian Governments are delivering the infrastructure needed to make a growing Western Sydney work for residents, and an ever better place to live and do business," Mr Fletcher said.
NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the preliminary design had been developed and community feedback was now being sought to inform the next stage of design.
"Since the previous announcement, changes include moving the eastern section of the route northward to maintain the integrity of the Western Sydney Parklands and maintain the integrity and development potential of the area for future generations," Ms Pavey said.
Detailed investigations will take place in the next 12 months as the design is developed and the environmental assessment drafted.