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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

  • 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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WestConnex is able to meet stringent air quality standards in the tunnels and the surrounding community using state-of-the-art ventilation and tunnel design. Filtration is not needed as it would not provide any measurable improvement to the air quality in the surrounding community.

Tolls will be introduced on the M4 between Church Street, Parramatta and Homebush Bay Drive, Homebush when this section opens to traffic in 2017. 

Tolls will apply to new sections of WestConnex, including the M4 East, New M5 and M4–M5 Link once these new motorways open to traffic between 2019 and 2023. 

We are also carrying out minor upgrades to the M5 East and a toll will also be introduced on this motorway to account for the massive improvements in travel time and reliability motorists will experience as a result of WestConnex. 

To maintain access to Sydney Airport’s International Terminal, trips using Marsh Street ramps will remain toll free.

Tolls will only be charged once new or significantly upgraded sections of road are opened to motorists.