Location: Sydney | State: NSW | Asset Type: Road | CAPEX: $2650m
Contractor: Lendlease Bouygues Joint Venture
Operator: NorthConnex Company Pty Ltd (consisting of Transurban and the Westlink M7 shareholders)
Project Description: The Australian Government, NSW Government, Transurban and the M7 Westlink Shareholders (the Project Sponsors) are building an underground tolled motorway linking the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga to the Hills M2 Motorway at West Pennant Hills. The $3 billion NorthConnex project consists of a construction budget of $2.65 billion in addition to land and project delivery costs. The project is funded through toll charges with a contribution from the NSW and Federal Government of up to $405 million each. The project includes twin motorway tunnels around nine kilometres in length with a height clearance of 5.3 m and a speed limit of 80 km/h. Each tunnel will be built with long term capacity for three lanes, but will initially operate with two lanes and a breakdown lane in each direction. When completed, NorthConnex will deliver significant benefits to local communities by easing congestion and removing around 5000 trucks daily from Pennant Hills Road. This will help improve safety, local air quality and reduce traffic noise. Motorists will be able to travel from Newcastle to Melbourne without a single set of traffic lights, reducing travel times for motorists and delivering state and national freight efficiencies. The motorway will provide opportunities to improve public transport travel times and services around Pennant Hills Road. The project is being delivered by Lendlease Bouygues Joint Venture, which is responsible for all procurement and employment opportunities. Major work on the project started in 2016 and the project will open to traffic in late 2019.