M4-M5 Link Tunnels
The M4-M5 Link is being delivered in two stages:
- Stage one - construction of the M4-M5 Link Tunnels between the New M4 at Haberfield and the New M5 at St Peters and stub tunnels to the Rozelle Interchange. This stage is being managed by Sydney Motorway Corporation.
- Stage two - construction of the Rozelle Interchange and Iron Cove Link. This stage is being managed by Roads and Maritime Services.
The M4-M5 Link Tunnels project is the final and most critical component of WestConnex, featuring twin tunnels between the New M4 at Haberfield and the New M5 at St Peters. Each tunnel will be approximately 7.5 kilometres long and able to accommodate up to four lanes of traffic in each direction. The M4-M5 Link Tunnels will be delivered as a stand-alone project, and provide an additional 2.5 hectares of green space in St Peters.
Environment and planning
The M4-M5 Link Tunnels received NSW planning approval in April 2018.
- 12 - 26 September 2018 - The M4-M5 Link Modification Report was on public exhibition for a period of 14 days.
- 13 June 2018 - Lendlease Samsung Bouygues Joint Venture (LSBJV) was selected as the preferred tenderer for construction of the M4-M5 Link Tunnels.
- 27 April 2018 - Planning approval for the M4-M5 Link project was received from the NSW Minister for Planning.
- 5 February 2018 - The M4-M5 Link Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report released.
- 18 August - 16 October 2017 - The M4-M5 Link Environmental Impact Statement was on public exhibition for a period of 60 days.
- 18 August 2017 - M4-M5 Link feedback report released.
- May - June 2017 - Community information sessions hosted across the M4-M5 Link project area, to support the release of the M4-M5 Link Concept Design.
- 12 May 2017: M4-M5 Link Concept Design released for community feedback.
- March 2017: Sydney Motorway Corporation lodged the M4-M5 Link State Significant Infrastructure Report Addendum 2.
- 11 November 2016: Minister for Roads Duncan Gay announced new design features for the M4-M5 Link, with potential for the M4-M5 Link twin tunnels to be completed early, capacity increasing from three to four lanes in each direction and exit and entry ramps at Camperdown removed.
- 15 November 2016: The Community Feedback Report containing community feedback and ideas gathered through consultation in July and August 2016 was released.
- 21 November 2016: Expressions of interest for contractors to design and construct the M4-M5 Link main tunnel works were called.
- September 2016: Sydney Motorway Corporation lodged the M4-M5 Link State Significant Infrastructure Report Addendum, which includes the Rozelle interchange and Iron Cove Link.
- August 2016: Community ideas sessions hosted across the M4-M5 Link project, supported by an online collaborative map.
- Early 2016: Geotechnical and other surveys and investigations underway to inform the early design options for the project.
- Early 2016: Consultation with key stakeholders started.
- March 2016: The Department of Planning and Environment issued the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements for the project.
- January 2016: Sydney Motorway Corporation lodged the M4-M5 Link State Significant Infrastructure Application Report, which is the first step in the planning approval process.
- November 2015: WestConnex Updated Strategic Business Case published, including a proposal for the M4-M5 Link.
- September 2013: WestConnex Strategic Business Case – Executive Summary published, including an early proposal for the M4-M5 Link.
Current status: Approved
Open to traffic (pending planning approval): Early
* Based on WestConnex Road Traffic Model V2.1, WestConnex Updated Strategic Business Case, November 2015
^ WestConnex Updated Strategic Business Case, November 2015
^^ Between Haberfield and Rozelle
Design and construct contract: Lendlease Samsung Bouygues Joint Venture
Operations and maintenance contract: Commitment deed in place with Fulton Hogan and Egis Joint Venture
Tolling contracts: TBA
What's happening now
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Traffic modelling tells us the expected demand for WestConnex and the number of traffic lanes needed. The motorway has been designed to meet traffic demand now and in the future.
The number of lanes varies across the project:
- New M4: the New M4 has been widened from three to four lanes in each direction between Parramatta and Homebush. The New M4 Tunnels between Homebush and Haberfield will be three lanes in each direction.
- New M5: when the tunnels open, there will generally be two lanes in each direction between Kingsgrove and St Peters. The tunnels can accommodate three lanes in each direction in future, with additional approvals needed for this change.
- M4–M5 Link Tunnels: The M4-M5 Link Tunnels will provide twin underground tunnels with four lanes in each direction between Haberfield and St Peters.
Geotechnical investigations involve taking core samples from the earth to understand the conditions underground and develop a geological profile of the area.
We carry out geotechnical drilling along the WestConnex corridor, concentrating on locations where information on the ground conditions is not already available.
Geotechnical investigations involve:
- Identifying underground services and utilities and marking out locations for each borehole.
- Setting up a safe work area with appropriate environmental controls.
- Managing traffic and pedestrians where required to ensure the safety of motorists, residents and workers.
- Collecting borehole soil and rock samples.
The information gathered helps to inform our designs, and work out the best sub-surface conditions for underground road tunnels.
All Sydney road tunnels have management plans that involve monitoring tunnel air quality 24-hours a day and they must comply with independent pre-determined guidelines for in-tunnel air quality.
The WestConnex air quality management plan will follow stringent guidelines and take account of the final design of the route, the length of each section of tunnel and the location of ventilation outlets.
For more information, visit Air quality.
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