M4-M5 Link mid tunnel dive site investigation update

31 Mar 2017

Minister Ayres today visited Sydney Secondary College’s Leichhardt campus to advise the site adjoining the school would no longer be considered as a tunnelling dive site for the WestConnex M4-M5 Link.

“The M4-M5 Link is the most important stage of WestConnex and after investigating two locations for the required mid-tunnel dive site between Haberfield and Rozelle, 7 Darley Road, currently occupied by Dan Murphy’s, is the only option that will be included in the project’s design when released for public consultation in coming weeks," Mr Ayres said.

“The mid-point tunnel construction site will be used for soil removal and as a launching site for the tunnelling machines, ensuring the $7 billion missing link between the New M5 at St Peters and the M4 East at Haberfield, is delivered as quickly as possible. “Establishing a temporary tunnelling site between Haberfield and Rozelle will allow us to build the missing link between the M4 and M5 motorways faster and ensure we can give back land for green space to the community.”

Minister for Education Rob Stokes said this was a great result for the school community.

“We have listened to the school community and I thank them for their strong representations, which have helped me in advocating for the right result for the school.”

The $7 billion M4-M5 Link will be the central spine of Sydney’s future motorway network by providing connections to the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel and F6 motorway creating a western bypass of the CBD.

Designs for the M4-M5 link are set to be released in coming weeks, with the Environmental Impact Statement released mid-year.