M4-M5 Link - get involved
The M4-M5 Link will connect the New M4 Motorway at Haberfield with the New M5 in St Peters, easing congestion on Victoria Road and City West Link and improving local connections across the inner west. Sydney Motorway Corporation is undertaking a comprehensive engagement program to support the development of a design for WestConnex M4-M5 Link.
During May and June 2017 we held five community information sessions in the M4-M5 Link project area to support the release of the M4-M5 Link Concept Design. Community members were encouraged to speak to our technical representatives and provide feedback on key topics including local connections, public transport, traffic management, parklands, noise mitigation, air quality, view corridors and other urban design outcomes.
Community feedback has already helped to shape early project development and decisions about our approach to construction. As a result of community feedback and refinements to design, we have removed the Camperdown Interchange. We have also committed to:
- Protecting Blackmore Oval by confirming it will not be used as a construction site
- Protecting Easton Park by confirming it will not to be used as a construction site
- Derbyshire Road will not be used as a mid-tunnel construction site
- Providing new connections between Bicentennial Park, Easton Park, Rozelle and Lilyfield
- Providing up to 10 hectares of new community space at the site of the disused Rozelle Rail Yards
- Enabling improved active transport (walking and cycling) opportunities for the local community.
Consultation on the WestConnex program of work began during 2013, in support of early project development and the initial WestConnex Strategic Business Case. Early indicative designs for the M4-M5 Link were included in the Executive Summary of the 2013 Strategic Business Case and the 2015 WestConnex Updated Strategic Business Case.
The State significant infrastructure application for WestConnex M4-M5 Link was lodged with the Department of Planning and Environment in early 2016, which marked the start of more detailed, project-specific consultation with the stakeholders and the community.
During consultation for the New M4 and New M5 projects, the community provided us with feedback that they would have liked to have been consulted sooner. As a result, for the M4-M5 Link, we started community consultation while the design was under development and there was limited detail available on the project. This has provided the community with more opportunity to provide feedback and ideas to inform the development of the design.
In July 2016, the NSW Premier announced the M4-M5 Link project would include a new interchange at Rozelle, generating up to 10 hectares of new green space for local communities. Also announced was the inclusion of an underground link from the Rozelle interchange to Victoria Road at the Iron Cove Bridge, known as the 'Iron Cove Link'.
Following this announcement, we hosted a series of five community ideas sessions during July and August 2016 to gather ideas and feedback on the M4-M5 Link to inform the project design and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
In November 2016, the then Minister for Roads Duncan Gay announced changes to the M4-M5 Link design.These changes included removal of the tunnel exit and entry ramps at Camperdown and a main tunnel of four lanes in each direction.
The feedback and ideas included in the report will be considered during the project planning, design and environmental assessment.
While consultation is still in early stages, we have already incorporated a number of key design changes in response to the community feedback.
The M4-M5 Link Concept Design was released for community comment in May 2017 and the Environmental Impact Statement will be placed on public exhibition in the third quarter of 2017.
We are happy to discuss the M4-M5 Link and hear your ideas and feedback.
Over the coming months, there will be a number of opportunities for you to share your ideas on the outcomes you would like to see for your local community, including your thoughts on local connections, public transport, traffic management, parklands, noise mitigation, air quality, view corridors and other urban design outcomes. Your ideas will be considered during the project planning, design and environmental assessment process.