The WestConnex is a 33km motorway proposed to travel from Parramatta to Beverly Hills. It is proposed to connect Parramatta, Sydney Airport and Beverly Hills. The section of the WestConnex that passes through Leichhardt is a tunnel from Hawthorne Canal to Camperdown.
The WestConnex was first announced by the State Government in 2012 as part of the Infrastructure NSW report titled "First Things First". The total project is estimated to cost between $11-$11.5 billion with $200 million allocated to "seed funding" for Urban Revitilisation along the Parramatta Road corridor.
State Government to commence geotechnical drilling in Blackmore Park
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) have notified Council that they will occupy a section of Blackmore Park in Leichhardt and Easton Park in Lilyfield in order to carry out geotechnical investigations in connection with the design and/or environmental assessment of the proposed WestConnex M4-M5 Link road project.
Council refused permission to an earlier request from the RMS to allow the drilling.
However RMS are proceeding with the work under Section 175 of the Roads Act 1993.
Work is expected to begin 26 April.
For a full copy of the letter from the RMS, please see here.
Project Stages and Status
The project has been divided into 3 stages:
The M4 Widening (Stage 1a)
M4 Widening: widening of M4 from Church Street, Parramatta to Homebush Bay Drive, Homebush.
Part of the Project was determined and approved by the Department of Planning and Environment in December 2014.
Status: PROJECT APPROVED - 21 December 2014. Currently under construction. View the M4 Widening Determination at the Dept of Planning website which includes the Environmental Impact Statements and submissions.
The M4 East (Stage 1b)
M4 East: extension of M4 motorway with twin tunnels from Homebush
Bay Drive, Homebush to City West Link/Parramatta Road, Haberfield.
EIS was on public exhibition from 9 September 2015 to 2 November 2015. You can read Council's
submission for Stage 2 here. 4,480 submissions were received during the
period including Leichhardt
Council’s submission. Stage 1b was approved on 12 February 2016 subject
to conditions. You can read Leichhardt Council's Submission on M4 East Stage 1b Environmental Impact Statement (PDF 2.2MB)
View the M4 East information here at the Dept of Planning website
The New M5 (Stage 2)
New M5: extension of M5 with twin tunnels from Beverly Hills to St Peters.
Status: Environmental Impact Statement was on public exhibition from 2 November 2015 to 29 January 2016.
The Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report was published on 21 March. You can readLeichhardt Council's submission to Stage 2 here
View the New M5 Stage 2 EIS at the Dept of Planning website.
The M4-M5 Link (Stage 3)
Status: This section is currently still being investigated. Stage 3 M4-M5 Link will join the M4 and M5 from Haberfield to St Peters with two new tunnels, three lanes in each direction and a possible portal planned at Rozelle Goods Yard to provide connections to and from the motorway with City West Link, Victoria Road and the ANZAC Bridge intersection . Stage 3 is due to open to traffic in 2023.
The SEARs were issued on 3 March 2016. View details here on the M4-M5 SEARs These requirements guide the development of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Council has not received any information about the need for property acquisitions in the vicinity of the project. We will contact local residents and businesses when we do become aware of any information relating to this.
Read more about M4-M5 Link Stage 3 at the WestConnex website
The Strategic Review of the WestConnex Proposal prepared by SGS Economics and Planning -February 2015 is now available on the City of Sydney WestConnex page
The Sydney Motorway Corporation has recently release the Updated Strategic Business Case and related documents.
Download the West Connex Information flyer (PDF 346.2KB)
Click on the map below to link to the interactive map on the West Connex website showing interchange information.
The M4 East (Stage 1b) was on public exhibition from 9 September 2015 to 2 November 2015 and was approved on 11 February 2016 subject to conditions.
View the M4 East information here at the Dept of Planning website.
The New M5 (Stage 2) was on public exhibition from 2 November 2015 to 29 January 2016. Submissions are currently being assessed. You can read Leichhardt Council's submission to Stage 2 here. (Link coming soon!)
The New M5 Stage 3 is currently still being investigated. Stage 3 is due to open to traffic in 2023. Council has not received any information about the need for property acquisitions in the vicinity of the project. We will contact local residents and businesses when we do become aware of any information relating to this.
The Sydney Motorway Corporation have advised that in preparation for the M4-M5 Link they are currently conducting ground surveys using temporary survey equipment on nature strips and mobile equipment in vehicles.
Sydney Motorways Corporation has informed residents of the activity through a recent letter box drop to premises in proximity to the survey area. See below.
The surveys will be conducted from 7am to 6pm Monday – Friday, and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. Weather permitting these surveys will be completed by early June 2016.
11/3/16 MR: Council Study to Investigate Parramatta Road Light Rail
10/02/16 MR: WestConnex to Tighten Choke Point on ANZAC Bridge
4/02/16 MR: WestConnex Business Case revealed as a sham
20/11/15 MR: WestConnex Nightmare Coming To Leichhardt, Lilyfield, Rozelle and Annandale
20/10/15 MR: WestConnex M4 East Heading to Traffic Gridlock
13/08/15 MR: Council to Lobby Government Over WestConnex Consultation
29/04/15 MR: WestConnex Set to Push Drivers onto Parramatta Road
5/3/14 MR: West Connex Secrecy Must End
On 10 June 2014, NSW Premier Mike Baird announced the development of the “Rebuilding NSW” Plan with a $20 billion fund to develop infrastructure across NSW. For further information, including fact sheets visit the Rebuilding NSW Website.
As part of the Plan, the WestConnex Delivery Authority will examine the feasibility for two new WestConnex extensions, including:
- North – link from proposed WestConnex motorway tunnel near Camperdown to Anzac Bridge and Victoria Road; and
- South – link from M5 to Sutherland Shire/F6 Motorway.
Read the 10 June 2014 NSW State Government Media Release (PDF 98KB)
For further information including fact sheets visit the Rebuilding NSW Website.
Leichhardt Council has considered the matter on a number of occasions. On each occasion Council has asked:
- to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the project; and
- for its residents to be provided with the necessary information so that they can assess the merits or otherwise of the Tollway and Urban Revitalisation Project.
To date, this information has not been forthcoming. A summary of Council’s involvement is shown below:
Read the October 2015 Ordinary Meeting Item (PDF 2.6MB)
WestConnex M4 East Public Meeting PowerPoint (PDF 305.9KB)
- October 2015 Public Meeting
Lobby Your State Government Now
For more than 12 months, councils across Sydney have been asking for evidence from the State Government about how their $11.5 billion WestConnex project will actually ease congestion in Sydney.
The WestConnex Delivery Authority has submitted an application for the massive motorway project to the Planning Assessment Commission with no cost-benefit analysis or supporting traffic analysis.
Given the Government’s failure to reveal how this astronomically expensive project will improve transport in Sydney, Council has launched a community campaign in opposition to it.
Together we must ramp up the pressure on the Baird Government to be transparent about what this project will mean for inner west communities.
Sign our online petition below:
Make a submission directly to the WestConnex Team at the WestConnex Feedback Form Online
There are plenty of people you can contact to make your concerns clear. Contact the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Duncan Gay MP, the Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes MP or your local Member for Parliament, Jamie Parker MP. Tell them your concerns ask for more information.
The Hon. Duncan Gay, MP
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
(02) 8574 5500
The Hon. Rob Stokes, MP
Minister for Planning
(02) 8574 6707
Mr Jamie Parker, MP
Member for Balmain
(02) 9660 7586