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Contact the WestConnex Delivery Authority on 1300 660 248 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.

WestConnex Geotechnical Investigations - Brenan St, Lilyfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation will be conducting   geotechnical investigations in Brenan Street Lilyfield. As part of this work  two wooden barriers we be removed to ensure they do not get damaged in the process of our investigations.

The barriers tomorrow will be reinstated on completion of the work, before the site compound is removed.

Enquiries: info@westconnex.com.au

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State Government to commence geotechnical drilling on Darley Road and Elswick Street

The WestConnex Delivery Authority has advised Council that they will be undertaking geotechnical investigations in various locations along Darley Road, near Charles Street and Elswick Street, Leichhardt.

The RMS have previously advised Council that they would proceed with the work under Section 175 of the Roads Act 1993.

This work will begin on Thursday 9 June 2016 and will take up to three weeks. Generally, work will take place between 7.00 am and 6.00 pm from Monday to Friday and 8.00 am and 1.00 pm on Saturday. There will be no work on Sunday or public holidays.

WestConnex will begin notifying residents on Friday 3 June.

For further information, please call 1800 660 248 and ask to speak with a member of the M4-M5 Link project team or email info@westconnex.com.au.

For a full copy of the letter from the WestConnex Delivery Authority, please see here (PDF 619.7KB).

State Government 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:

Stage 1a

Latest News

Get the latest media releases, flyers and media releases.

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

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.

Stage 1b
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.
Status:
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 pdf-new-icon.gifLeichhardt 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

Stage 2
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 readpdf-new-icon.gifLeichhardt Council's submission to Stage 2 here
View the New M5 Stage 2 EIS at the Dept of Planning website.

Stage 3

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.

pdf-new-icon.gif Download the West Connex Information flyer (PDF 346.2KB) 

Route Map

Click on the map below to link to the interactive map on the West Connex website showing interchange information.

    WestConnex Route Map 

    What is the current situation?

    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
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    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.

    M4 M5 Survey Area Map

    Media Releases

    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


    NSW State Government Announcement - 10 June 2014

    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 pdf-new-icon.gif10 June 2014 NSW State Government Media Release (PDF 98KB)

    For further information including fact sheets visit the Rebuilding NSW Website.

    Council Meetings and Forums on WestConnex

    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: 

                 pdf-new-icon.gif Read the October 2015 Ordinary Meeting Item  (PDF 2.6MB)

    • October 2015 Public Meeting
                 pdf-new-icon.gif WestConnex M4 East Public Meeting PowerPoint (PDF 305.9KB)

    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:

    West Connex Online Petition

    To the NSW Baird Government,

    We the undersigned call on the Baird NSW State Government to release all information regarding the WestConnex Project immediately, including:

    *The complete cost-benefit analysis and business case completed in respect of the project
    *All traffic analysis carried out in respect of the project
    *The models prepared in relation to proposed toll options together with the details of associated traffic movements on both Parramatta Road and in the WestConnex Tunnel
    * Justification and costing for the newly announced link between WestConnex and Anzac Bridge/CBD
    * The alignment of the tunnel through the inner west
    *The exact location of proposed property acquisitions
    *The location of exit and entry ramps
    *The location of ventilation stacks.

    The community of Sydney will not allow the State Government to push through an infrastructure of this magnitude and expense without both:

    *reasonable justification being provided for the project
    *proper regard for planning processes.

    Mandatory field(s) marked with *

    Have Your Say

    Make a submission directly to the WestConnex Team at the WestConnex Feedback Form Online

    Get In Touch

     

    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

    Duncan.Gay@parliament.nsw.gov.au  
    office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au  

    The Hon. Rob Stokes, MP
    Minister for Planning
    (02) 8574 6707

    pittwater@parliament.nsw.gov.au
    office@stokes.minister.nsw.gov.au 

    Mr Jamie Parker, MP
    Member for Balmain
    (02) 9660 7586

    Jamie.Parker@parliament.nsw.gov.au