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
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WestConnex is committed to making a meaningful and long term contribution to the communities in which it operates by investing in community-focussed programs during construction of WestConnex.
Legacy is defined as ‘delivering sustainable and lasting benefits to the local economy, community and natural environment’. Legacy projects will be identified and developed in consultation with the community, local councils and community groups.
The planning approval to construct each stage of WestConnex includes conditions to incorporate and deliver social and environmental outcomes including the requirement for an Urban Design and Landscaping Plan, a Social Cohesion Plan, and a Residual Land Management Plan.
For each WestConnex project, a series of documents including details of the measures to appropriately manage and reduce the impact of the project on local communities. These include:
- The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – the EIS explores the potential environmental impact and outlines measures to manage and reduce this impact based on best practice and expert advice.
- The Submissions Report – this responds to all feedback received on the EIS during exhibition. It provides additional mitigation measures needed in response to new information, additional assessment or community feedback.
- The Conditions of Approval – in approving each project, the NSW Minister for Planning issues a range of conditions that must be adhered to during and after construction, to ensure impact of the project is mitigated.
- The Construction Environmental Management Plan and sub plans – before we start major work, these are prepared to provide a detailed approach to the management of environmental issues. The Department of Planning and Environment must approve these before major construction work can start. They build on the mitigation and management measures established in the EIS, the Submissions Report and Conditions of Approval.
We always notify local communities before we start a new section of work and before we do any out-of-hours work.
The WestConnex Community Connections Program includes the WestConnex Community Grant Scheme, which provides grants of up to $10,000 to local groups such as such as schools, sporting associations and social enterprises located in and around the WestConnex project area.
Grant applications are assessed against guidelines, which consider areas including community legacy, connecting communities, building capacity and helping people.
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