Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay today kicked off the start of a high level consultation process on WestConnex.
Mr Gay addressed the first in a series of forums being held with local government, business groups, freight stakeholders, peak groups and industry.
“We’ve been getting on with the work that’s needed to bring Westconnex to life, and it’s exciting to see our plans take shape,” Mr Gay said.
“Infrastructure NSW told us this project is a priority – not just to get people and freight to our major international gateways but also keep traffic that doesn’t need to flow through parts of Sydney moving more directly to its destination.
“This is a game changer for Sydney and will deliver the relief motorists deserve, that’s why the NSW Government has already put $1.8 billion dollars on the table to get it moving.
“Today 25 general managers, project managers and other senior executives from local councils across greater Sydney attended the first of our forums.
“We’ve shown them what the new flows will look like at a key intersection within the 33 kilometre project, King Georges Road and the M5 East, where WestConnex plans will see two extra lanes in each direction.
“This also includes a lane for eastbound traffic entering from King Georges Road which will become a through lane, removing the need for motorists to merge.
“It is just one section of WestConnex. Four separate internationally-recognised infrastructure consortiums have partnered with the Sydney Motorways Project Office and are developing options for the Parramatta Road, Airport Access Link and Inner West Tunnel sections.
“WestConnex is a key part of the NSW Governments $61.8 billion investment in infrastructure which includes upgrades on the Princes Highway, Pacific Highway and western Sydney roads like Erskine Park Link Road and Camden Valley Way.
“The business case which the Sydney Motorways Project Office will deliver by mid year will demonstrate in more detail how WestConnex will move forward.
“But everyone is encouraged to go on the ‘Have Your Say’ website and share their views on what they see as the top priorities for WestConnex so the expert teams can consider them during project planning.
“Major work on WestConnex will start in 2015,” Mr Gay said.
Visit www.westconnex.com.au to watch the King Georges Road video and Have Your Say.