Delivering for a growing city

Sydney's challenges 

Creating jobs, connecting communities and easing congestion – WestConnex is building Tomorrow’s Sydney.

WestConnex has been identified as a key priority in a number of important State and Federal planning documents.

These include the State Infrastructure strategies released in 2012 and 2014, the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan, the NSW Freight and Ports Strategy, A Plan for Growing Sydney and the Australian Infrastructure Plan.

Without WestConnex Sydney faces a number of big challenges:

  • The biggest users of our motorways are light commercial vehicles, such as vans and utes, used by tradies, wholesalers, retailers and small businesses making deliveries. They make four times as many trips as larger trucks, with more than 1.1 million trips on an average weekday.
  • Across NSW, large articulated (pivoted) trucks move more than 25 billion tonne kilometres a year, and rigid (non-pivoted) trucks about 10 billion tonne kilometres a year.
  • Commuters make only 20 per cent of the road trips across an average working day.
  • Congestion in Sydney costs $6.1 billion per year. Without action, this will rise to $12.6 billion per year by 2020.
  • Sections of Parramatta Road currently carry more than 90,000 vehicles per day. By 2031, without WestConnex, it would carry more than 100,000 vehicles per day.
  • By 2031, the freight task in NSW is projected to nearly double the freight handled in 2011, to 794 million tonnes.
  • Sydney Airport handled 615,378 tonnes of freight in 2012 and this will grow to 1,011,312 tonnes in 2033.
  • Even by shifting more freight onto rail, the existing M4 and M5 will not be able to accommodate the additional container traffic expected by 2031.
  • Car trips by airport passengers, workers and other visitors are anticipated to rise from 92,000 per average weekday in 2012 to 163,000 in 2031.

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[1] Transport for NSW (TfNSW) 2013, NSW Freight and Ports Strategy, TfNSW, Sydney  [2] Transport for NSW (TfNSW) 2013, NSW Freight and Ports Strategy, TfNSW, Sydney [3] Bureau of Transport Statistics 2014, Household Travel Survey Report: Sydney 2012/13, TfNSW, Sydney [4] WestConnex 2015, WestConnex Road Traffic Model 2.1, WestConnex [5] Transport for NSW (TfNSW) 2013, NSW Freight and Ports Strategy, TfNSW, Sydney [6] Sydney Airport Corporation Limited (SACL) 2014, Sydney Airport Master Plan 2033, SACL, Sydney [7] Transport for NSW (TfNSW) 2013, NSW Freight and Ports Strategy, TfNSW, Sydney [8] WestConnex 2015, WestConnex Road Traffic Model 2.1, WestConnex