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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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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.

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: 

  • M4: the M4 Motorway has been widenedfrom three lanes in each direction to four lanes in each direction between Parramatta and Homebush. The new M4 East 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: The M4-M5 Link will provide twin underground tunnels with four lanes in each direction between Haberfield and St Peters.

Sydney Motorway Corporation's (SMC) Community Connections Program includes the SMC 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.