M4-M5 Link Tunnels
The M4-M5 Link Tunnels is the first stage of the M4-M5 Link which 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 WestConnex.
- 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.
Environment and planning
The M4-M5 Link Tunnels received NSW planning approval in April 2018.
- February 2019 – The M4-M5 Link Modification was approved
- March 2019 – Tunnelling started from Haberfield
- 26 November 2018 – The M4-M5 Link Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) was approved allowing major construction to commence
October 2018 – Site establishment works began
- 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.
Current status: Approved
Open to traffic (pending planning approval):
^ 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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We fully recognise the importance of Sydney Park and the investments that the City of Sydney Council and others have made in recent years.
A strip of land owned by Roads and Maritime Services adjacent to Sydney Park is being used to widen Euston Road as part of local road upgrades. This is not part of Sydney Park.
As outlined in the City of Sydney’s own management plan for Sydney Park, this land is dedicated road space and has been subject to a long-standing road widening reservation.
A small boundary strip, adjacent to the road reserve, is also required for the local road widening, however this is more than offset by the additional 8.5 hectares of open green space being created at St Peters Interchange.
Two hectares of this open green space will be directly connected to Sydney Park via a land bridge over Campbell Road.
The M4-M5 Link Concept Design released on 12 May 2017 includes:
- a proposed alignment for the main tunnels, Rozelle Interchange, Iron Cove Link and indicative tunnel depths for each of these areas
- a range of options for construction sites and amenities
- the proposed location of surface connections and facilities, including ventilation outlets
- details of active transport (walking and cycling) improvements
- draft masterplans for the Rozelle Rail Yards and St Peters, as well as a concept plan for Victoria Road near the Iron Cove Bridge.
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