Traffic and transport
- Investing in Sydney’s motorway network, is one of the key components of the NSW Government’s transport plan to improve road safety, traffic efficiency and people movement in Sydney
- By 2036, the number of daily trips made around Sydney is forecast to increase by 31 per cent from 16 to 21 million vehicle movements. This will place increasing pressure on the NSW transport network and the roads connecting regional cities and major centres across Greater Sydney
- WestConnex projects, including the M4-M5 Link, are just one part of a broader transport solution. Buses provide a significant number of commuter services across Sydney and rely on roads to effectively transport 257 million passengers every year (NSW Bureau of Transport Statistics 2014/15). By taking tens of thousands of cars and trucks off surface roads, WestConnex will enable more efficient public transport along key routes including Parramatta Road and Victoria Road
- While public transport is also part of the NSW Government’s plan, it does not cater for travel scenarios such as commercial trips requiring the movement of heavy goods/materials/livestock, tradespeople moving back and forth across the city, deliveries, trips to remote destinations, emergency services, and other unique trips
- The M4-M5 Link will improve traffic flow on the motorway network, by facilitating connections across Sydney and easing congestion on the inner western and south western road network.
Improving traffic and transport
- The Sydney road network currently experiences high levels of traffic, with demand often exceeding capacity, especially during peak periods
- Parramatta Road, City West Link, Victoria Road, ANZAC Bridge/Western Distributor, Southern Cross Drive, Princes Highway and King Street all experience significant congestion resulting in increased travel times for all road users
- The M4-M5 Link is forecast to reduce demand on these major traffic routes, and improve speed, journey reliability and safety.
- The daily average speed on non-motorway roads is expected to increase by approximately 10 per cent. Similarly, the distance vehicles travel on non-motorway roads is forecast to reduce by about 12 per cent. This indicates that, on average, these trips will be fewer and faster
- There will be improved network productivity, with more trips forecast and longer distances travelled in a shorter time
- Reduced travel times are forecast between the M4 Motorway corridor and the Sydney Airport/Port Botany precinct by 2023
- Reduced traffic is forecast on sections of major arterial roads including City West Link, Parramatta Road, Victoria Road, King Street, King Georges Road and Sydenham Road
- Almost 2,000 heavy vehicles are forecast to be removed from Parramatta Road, east of the New M4 Parramatta Road ramps, each weekday