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New M5

(Beverly Hills to St Peters)

Duplicating the M5 East from King Georges Road Interchange Upgrade at Beverly Hills to a new interchange at St Peters. 
The New M5 will provide twin underground motorway tunnels, nine kilometres long, from Kingsgrove to a new St Peters Interchange at the site of the old Alexandria landfill facility. The St Peters Interchange will provide motorists with connections to Alexandria and Mascot. It also includes  connections to the future Sydney Gateway and M4-M5 Link. The New M5 tunnels also include underground connection points for the M4-M5 Link and the proposed Southern Connector.  
Local streets and intersections around the St Peters interchange are also being upgraded to ensure safe and efficient connections for the New M5.

Environment and planningThe New M5 received NSW planning approval in April 2016. The project had the potential to impact on some species listed under the Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity (EPBC) Act 1999. This meant it needed approval from the Australian Government Minister for the Environment, in addition to environmental and planning approvals required under State legislation. Australian Government approval was given on Monday 11 July 2016 and work started later that month.

Project history

  • October 2017: Partial approval of Main Urban Design Landscape Plan
  • July 2017: Approval of Retaining Walls Urban Design Landscape Plan
  • May 2017: Tunnelling started at the Kingsgrove construction site.
  • April 2017: Heritage Salvage Catalogue published with 460 salvaged items offered to the community free of charge.
  • April 2017: Urban Design and Landscape Plan exhibition.
  • February 2017: Tunnelling started at the Arncliffe and Bexley construction sites.
  • November 2016: Tunnelling started at the site of the St Peters Interchange.
  • July 2016: The New M5 project received approval from the Commonwealth Department of the Environment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999.
  • April 2016: Planning approval for the New M5 project was received from the NSW Minister for Planning.
  • March 2016: A Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report was prepared in response to submissions received during the EIS exhibition period and lodged with the Department of Planning and Environment.
  • November 2015 to January 2016: The New M5 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was exhibited for public comment.
  • September 2015: The CPB Contractors, Dragados, Samsung Joint Venture was selected as the preferred tenderer for the New M5.
  • November 2014: The planning application for the New M5 was lodged.
  • November 2014: A shortlist of consortia to construct the New M5 was announced, with a request for tender issued shortly after.
  • September 2014: Expressions of interest for contractors to design and construct the New M5 were called.

Project stats

Project value^: $4.335 billion^
Current status : In construction 
Construction start: July 2016
Open to traffic: Early 2020
Current traffic projections*: 37,200 in 2031

* Based on WestConnex Road Traffic Model V2.1, WestConnex Updated Strategic Business Case, November 2015
^ WestConnex Updated Strategic Business Case, November 2015
^^ Awarded through the design and construct contract

Industry partners

    Design and construct contract: CPB Contractors, Dragados and Samsung Joint Venture 
    Operations and maintenance contract: During operations: fulton Hogan and Egis Joint Venture
    Tolling contracts^^: Roadside tolling equipment: Kapsch TrafficCom Australia,
    Back-office services and systems: Roads and Maritime Services

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Community or social cohesion programs will be implemented to enhance the cohesion in precincts directly affected by WestConnex. Initiatives may include enhancement of open space, accessibility of public areas, active community involvement and engagement, support of community initiatives and provision of grants to eligible groups in the local community. 

For each WestConnex project, a series of documents including details of the measures to appropriately manage and reduce the impact of the project on local communities. These include: 

  • The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – the EIS explores the potential environmental impact and outlines measures to manage and reduce this impact based on best practice and expert advice. 
  • The Submissions Report – this responds to all feedback received on the EIS during exhibition. It provides additional mitigation measures needed in response to new information, additional assessment or community feedback. 
  • The Conditions of Approval – in approving each project, the NSW Minister for Planning issues a range of conditions that must be adhered to during and after construction, to ensure impact of the project is mitigated. 
  • The Construction Environmental Management Plan and sub plans – before we start major work, these are prepared to provide a detailed approach to the management of environmental issues. The Department of Planning and Environment must approve these before major construction work can start. They build on the mitigation and management measures established in the EIS, the Submissions Report and Conditions of Approval.

We always notify local communities before we start a new section of work and before we do any out-of-hours work. 

We undertake noise modelling for all of our projects, to predict noise levels after the project opens to traffic.

On some sections of WestConnex, new and upgraded noise walls will be installed to reduce the impact of traffic noise. Sometimes noise walls are not practical or may not be enough to effectively mitigate the expected noise. When this happens, properties may also be eligible for acoustic treatments to reduce road traffic noise. Our teams discuss this option directly with relevant property owners.