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M4-M5 Link Tunnels

(Haberfield to St Peters)

Also referred to as M4-M5 Link Mainline Tunnels.

Tunnels connecting the New M4 at Haberfield and the New M5 at St Peters. 

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.

Project history 

Project stats

Current status: Approved
Construction start: 2018
Open to traffic (pending planning approval): Early 2023^
 

* 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

Industry partners

    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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In 2013, King Street was identified in the Sydney Clearways Strategy for further investigation of possible extended weekday and weekend clearways, based on an assessment of traffic volumes and travel speeds at that time.   

It is understood that when the M4-M5 Link is complete in 2023, daily weekday traffic volumes are forecast to decrease on King Street with 4000 vehicles removed (compared to without the project).

As a result, there are no plans to change the existing clearways on King Street, Newtown, at this time.

Roads and Maritime has not carried out further investigations for clearways on King Street at Newtown.

Tolls will be charged once new or significantly upgraded sections of road are opened to motorists. The new M4 (Parramatta to Homebush) opened in July 2017, with a one-month toll-free period. Distance-based tolls apply on the new M4.

Tolls will be charged on the M5 East and the New M5 when the New M5 is open to traffic in early 2020.

We will advise motorists before any tolls are introduced on other sections of WestConnex. 

WestConnex has a distance-based tolling system, like the existing M7 Motorway. Motorists pay only for the sections of the motorway they use and a maximum cap applies.

Tolls will be introduced as each section of WestConnex opens to traffic. The new M4 opened to traffic in July 2017, and distance-based tolls commenced in August 2017. 

Distance based tolling will begin on the M5 East and the New M5 when the New M5 opens to traffic in early 2020.

Cars will pay one third of the heavy truck toll, reflecting the greater wear and tear trucks have on the motorway (an approach that is consistent with other Sydney motorways).

For the current toll estimates, see Using WestConnex.