WestConnex M8 and M5 East
About this briefing document During construction, this WestConnex project was known as the New M5 Tunnels. From opening it will be known as the M8 motorway, in line with the NSW Government’smotorway naming policy. This briefing document is intended to provide an overview of theWestConnex Project and detailed information about theWestConnexM8, due to open in 2020. It includes information about the M8, tolling, driver education, new public spaces and active transport networks, along with maps, videos and imagery. If you have further questions about anything within this document, the M8 or WestConnex network, please contact Alisa Hitchcock,WestConnex Communications Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, WestConnex
More detailed information is available on theWestConnex website: westconnex.com.au
WestConnex Project summary Why the project is needed
WestConnex CEO’s message WestConnex, Australia’s largest road infrastructure project, will forever change how we get around this great city. Alongside the other significant transport projects underway, we believeWestConnexwill play a key role in ensuringSydney’s mobility for future generations. We are already seeing some of the benefits of WestConnex in Sydney’swest. The NewM4 Tunnels (opened July 2019) are delivering up to one hour of travel time savings per day for commuters travelling each way. In 2020 we move another step closer to the final configuration of WestConnex. The New 9kmWestConnexM8 will connect Kingsgrove to St Peters and halve travel times on the M5 East motorway, one of the most congestedmotorways in Australia. This next piece of theWestConnex networkwill provide significant benefits for Sydney's south west. Now, as we continue operating the M4, work towards opening the M8 and continue construction of the vital M4-M5 Link that will connect the two̶ we invite you to take this opportunity to be a part of this exciting project.
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Public art, parks and pedestrian and cycle paths Translating and Interpreting Service
WestConnex respectfullyacknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of this great land and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and future, extending this respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
AndrewHead CEOWestConnex Project
WestConnex Project summary
Continuous 33km traffic-light free motorway network
Save up to 40 mins between Parramatta and Sydney Airport
Creating tens of thousands of jobs and training opportunities
WestConnex ― Australia's biggest road project WestConnex is connectingWestern and South Western Sydneywith the CBD, Sydney Airport and Port Botany. This once-in-a-century infrastructure investment has already doubled the road capacity of the Parramatta to SydneyCBD corridor, saving motoristsaround an hour each day on their morning and afternoon commutes. WestConnex is delivering new underground connections, taking traffic off local streets and creating vibrant, above-ground open spaces. The WestConnex network also reduces reliance on Sydney’s congested legacy roads like ParramattaRoad. In 2020WestConnexwill open the 9kmM8 Tunnels, to effectively double capacity for Sydney'smost congestedmotorway, the M5 East. WestConnex is being delivered in partnership between The AustralianGovernment, The NSW Government andWestConnex Transurban.
Opened July 2019
Open mid 2020
More detailed information is available on theWestConnexwebsite: www.westconnex.com.au
New tunnels for Sydney
Quicker travel, more jobs, and better parks
Better connections to Sydney Airport to support and enhance our growing tourism, with nearly 11 million visitors a year
More than 10,000 jobs created, and a training academy supporting over 500 young professionals
Better connections for Sydney’s growing freight task travelling from Port Botany to the whole of Sydney
23 kilometres of new and upgraded shared paths for better active transport
World class road network
Delivering a direct connection to Sydney’s largest sports and entertainment complex, Sydney Olympic Park which has over 10 million visitors each year
More opportunities with quicker, more reliable and safer journeys between major employment and education centres like Parramatta and Sydney CBD
Building most of the projects underground is allowing for over 1 million new trees, shrubs and plants
18 hectares of open space including new sports facilities and fitness equipment
Getting NSW moving Project summary
WestConnex is a key part of a broader plan to future proof Sydney, by easing congestion, creating jobs and connecting communities. The newmotorway networkwill improve liveability, reduce heavy vehicles on local roads, and get the city moving. WestConnex is being delivered in fourmajor stages.
Stage 1: The NewM4 Tunnels̶ Opened in July 2019, extending the M4 through 5.5km twin tunnels. The tunnels allow motorists to bypass 22 sets of traffic lights along Parramatta Road, giving users significant travel time savings of up to an hour a day fromParramatta to SydneyCBD. Stage 3A: The M4-M5 Link̶ Opening in 2023, will link the NewM4 Tunnels and the M8 Tunnels via 7.5km tunnels, taking thousands of vehicles off of local roads each day and improving travel times for motorists from the west and south west of Sydney.
Stage 2: The M8̶ Opening in 2020, duplicates the existingM5 East and doubles road capacity, with tunnels running underground between St Peters and Kingsgrove. The St Peters Interchangewill provide 8.5 hectares of open space for the community, on a remediated landfill site. Stage 3B: The Rozelle Interchange̶ Being delivered by the NSW Government and scheduled to open in 2023. It will connect the Anzac and Iron Cove Bridges to the M4-M5 Link and
provide future connections to theWestern Harbour Tunnel.
WestConnex, being mostly underground, is removing significant traffic numbers from surface roads and local streets. It’s providing a catalyst for urban transformation, new public spaces and active transport networks. WestConnex is being built with connections to other key future road infrastructure projects in Sydney, including theWesternHarbour Tunnel and Beaches Link, Sydney Gateway, and the M6 Extension.
6ha new open space
5.5km twin tunnels
Bypass up to 42 traffic lights
Up to four lanes each way
7.5 km twin tunnels
2.5ha new open space
10ha new open space
9km twin tunnels
Rehabilitate Alexandria landfill site
12km shared path
Why WestConnex WestConnex will make it easier and faster to get around, boosting economic productivity by bringing new jobs and education opportunities closer to home. Sydney is a global city that will experience significant population and employment growth in the coming decades. Investment in transport will play an important role in supporting this growth, ensuring Sydney’s future liveability and global competitiveness. To succeed in connecting housing to jobs, investment will need to address the demands on the road network, much of which cannot be facilitated by public transport alone. Catering for this growth is necessary to ensure a competitive city that is attractive for investment, supports job creation, freight productivity and therefore delivers a higher standard of living for residents. Greater Sydney’s population will pass 6 million by 2036. This will see an extra 1.7 million people progressively moving into Australia’s biggest city, which will support 840,000 new jobs.
A rapidly growing Greater Sydney is impacting our transport system…
will live in in Greater Western Sydney by 2036 ―m aking the region one of the largest growing urban populations in Australia 3.2 million people
in congestion costs across Sydney, the Hunter and Illawarra regions $8 billion In 2016, the NSW Government spent
to get to work – the longest commute of any Australian city 71 minutes per day On average people are travelling
775,000 people will be travelling in and out of the Sydney CBD every week day
Over the next 15 years, NSW will require infrastructure to support:
40% more train trips
31% more households
30% more car trips
Sydney’s M5 East Since opening in 2001, the M5 East has been an essential element of Sydney’s motorway network and forms the main passenger and freight route between Sydney Airport, Port Botany and south west Sydney. The M5 East was not built to handle the number of cars and trucks that rely on it daily and has been identified as one of the most congested motorway in Australia. It has the slowest typical travel times of any main motorway in Sydney. Motorists currently experience heavy congestion and one incident can bring the entire corridor to a stand still. By 2031, the growth in traffic volumes along the
The M5 East will become a better motorway Travel time saving forecast for
M5 East Motorway is expected to: • Increase the number of motor vehicle incidents by more than 20% • Increase the annual cost of incidents by more than 25% from$15.9 million to $19.5 million There is no option to safely and effectively widen the M5 East tunnels due to the urban location and the impact that it would have on motorists.
When the M8 motorway opens it will duplicate the M5 East corridor, halving travel times and doubling travel speeds. A toll will be introduced on the motorway, to help achieve these significant improvements in travel time saving and reliability, when the M8 opens in 2020. This will allow Sydney to continue to support the following who rely on the corridor daily: • Australia’s goods imported and exported via Port Botany • Sydney’s major tourism coming and going through Sydney’s Airport This will make the corridor a much more efficient route, allowing commuters, freight and visitors to Sydney to spend less time getting to their destinations, making travel better, for everyone.
2021, for motorists heading towards the city along the M5 East corridor between King Georges Road and Foreshore Road.
Without the M8, travel times on the M5 East will worsen Travel times from Liverpool to Sydney Airport without the M8
The M5 East
Truck volumes Thousands of trucks use the M5 East during peak hours
Travel times On average it takes an hour to drive between Liverpool and Southern Sydney
Travel speeds Despite the 80km speed limit, by 2021 , the average speed will be 42km/h
Traffic volume More than 100,000 motorists
Crashes It’s forecast by 2021 there will be 108 motor vehicle crashes a year, one every three or so days
Before the M8…
After the M8, it’s expected that…
Travel times halved 30 minutes to travel between Liverpool and Southern Sydney (by 2021)
Travel speeds doubled Travel speeds double to 76km/h (by 2021 )
Traffic volumes nearly halved 60,000 motorists
Truck volumes halved 43% reduction in the AM peak eastbound and a 63% reduction in the PM peak westbound
Crashes reduced 20% decrease in motor vehicle accidents
Continuous 9.5km traffic-light free motorway network
14km of new and upgraded pedestrian and cycle paths
Travel time savings of up to 30 minutes between Liverpool and South Sydney during peak
The M8 Project summary
WestConnexM8 features twin 9kmmotorway tunnels, from Kingsgrove to a newly built St Peters Interchange, due to open to traffic in 2020. The M8 is comprised of threemajor sections:
The King GeorgesRoad Interchange Upgrade ― opened to the public in December 2016. The project involved upgrades to King GeorgesRoad on and off ramps. This future proofed the M5 south-west,M5 East and futureM8 motorways, accommodating for growth in population and traffic. This also alleviated congestion around the interchange, which was a well-known congestion pinch-point formotorists.
The St Peters Interchange ― opening mid 2020, with connections to Euston Road, Campbell Road and Gardeners Road, as well as the M4-M5 Link and SydneyGateway to Sydney Airport and Port Botany (opening 2023). It has also been built on the former Alexandria Landfill site, rehabilitating the heavily contaminated former dump into a state- of-the-art interchange with over six hectares of new green space and new pedestrian and cyclist connectivity.
The M8 Tunnels ― openingmid 2020, duplicates the M5 East fromKing GeorgesRoad at Beverly Hills via 9km twin tunnels fromKingsgrove to a new interchange at St Peters.When open, it will more than double the capacity of the M5 East corridor, providing relief for motorists currently stuck on one of Sydney’smost congested roads. The M8 Includes future connections to the SydneyGateway and the M4–M5 Link.
Since 2016 theWestConnexM8 teamhas been working alongside local communities, stakeholders and industry to create a project that will deliver fast, safe and reliable travel for everyone. The project will providemajor travel time savings of up to half an hour between Liverpool and Sydney’s southernCBD, while also minimising the long-term impact on community and the environment. The project improves access to the Inner West, central Sydney and to key transport hubs at Sydney Airport and Port Botany.
On completion, motorists will be able to travel from King Georges Road at Beverly Hills to St Peters in around 10 minutes
M8 Tunnels will open with two lanes in each direction, with capacity to add a third when needed
Taking the M5 East from a 4 lane motorway to an 8 lane motorway to start (built with capacity for 10 lanes)
4 8 lanes lanes
The M8 and M5 East are cr i tical pathways
Gradients are much flatter in the M8 than the M5 East to allow for a smoother and easier journey, reduce emissions and increase efficiency for vehicles travelling
A more direct route to Port Botany on the M8 corridor for trucks ―half a metre higher than the existing M5 East
M5 East tunnel M8 tunnel
WestConnex M8 features
The project features include: • A new 9km twin tunnels fromKingsgrove to the new St Peters Interchange • Two lanes in each direction, with capacity to add a third • New connections to Sydney Airport, Port Botany and local connections to Alexandria and Mascot • Future connections to SydneyGateway, the M6, and the M4-M5 Link • Provisions for a direct, traffic-light free connection to Sydney Airport • A net increase in trees across the corridor, including significant areas of mass plantingswithin the St Peters Interchange and lining upgraded local roads in St Peters, Mascot and Alexandria • Rehabilitation of one of Sydney’smost contaminated landfill sites, the former Alexandria landfill • 6 hectares of new open space in St Peters • 14kmof shared cycleways and walkways • Modern and efficient ventilation systems to meet air quality standards in the tunnels and surrounding suburbs.
The project customer benefits include: • Reduced travel times for customers along the whole M5 corridor, reducing travel between Liverpool and Southern Sydney by up to 30 minutes • Duplication of the M5 East corridor , taking it from four lanes to eight lanes (built with capacity for ten lanes) • Better travel time reliability for drivers so they can predict travel times better and spend less time in traffic • Boost the NSW economy through increased mobility and productivity • Reduce road incidents and fatalities through improved traffic flow • Faster transport to growth areas in Greater Western Sydney • Increase housing supply with better transport options for Greater western Sydney • More choices for jobs, education and recreation through faster travel • Quick and easy access to recreation and sports facilities • Improve social equity and quality of life in our cities and regions. 15
Travel time savings and reliability The M8 will provide a significant opportunity to improve travel times by providing: • More direct routes to Sydney CBD • Additional capacity along the existing M5 East corridor • Improved travel time reliability. When the M8 opens, there are considerable travel time savings forecast in both directions on the M5 East Motorway.
Boost the NSW economy through increased mobility and productivity
Serving freight and international gateways NSW is the nation’s largest state economy, contributing more than 20 per cent of Gross Domestic Product. A large proportion of Australia’s goods are imported and exported via Port Botany, NSW’s primary container port. Port Botany is located in the same precinct as Sydney Airport, Australia’s primary international airport. A key objective of WestConnex is to improve connectivity with NSW’s international gateways and provide more efficient and reliable access. WestConnex will improve congestion around Australia’s strategic economic hubs like Port Botany and Sydney Airport which will improve productivity for both commuters and freight vehicles. Freight and commercial vehicles are therefore able to do more work in the same amount of time. This support for the State’s most important economic journeys and is a critical element in sustaining the future productivity and global competitiveness of Sydney and NSW.
Port Botany Effective freight movement is essential for the NSW economy. Goods, products, and minerals need to move between manufacturers, warehouses, farms, shops, mines, and ports. This makes freight a key facilitator or enabler of economic activity. Even with new intermodal terminals boosting freight rail capacity substantially―truck movements from Port Botany are still forecast to almost triple by 2031. As the freight task grows, WestConnex will increase productivity and efficiency through increased travel speeds and reliability and reduced distances travelled by freight vehicles. Freight customers will gain: • A more direct route to Port Botany on the M5 corridor for trucks up to 4.6m in height. They are currently required to travel via a longer route through suburban streets • Additional higher mass limit alternatives to access Port Botany from the south and north. There are currently higher mass limit restrictions on some of the routes to Port Botany • Productivity gains from the future use of 32- metre B-Doubles to Port Botany
Sydney Airport is the busiest airport in Australia. It generates a substantial number of cars and trucks onto Sydney’s transport network and produces a significant economic value add. Despite being serviced by a rail line and planned public transport improvements, vehicle numbers for the airport are anticipated to rise from 92,000 per average weekday in 2012 to 163,000 in 2031. WestConnex will support the increasing number of visitors to Sydney, providing a more direct and quicker route to and from Sydney Airport through the future Sydney Gateway.
In 2012, there were almost 37 million passengers through Sydney Airport, and 615,000 tonnes of air freight. Sydney Airport estimates it contributes around $30 billion per annum to the NSW economy.
In reducing travel times, WestConnex will improve the productivity of the freight fleet by enabling more deliveries to be conducted per day.
Smart motorways for better traffic flow and safety
Making roads safe is a complex task that starts long before the speed-limit signs are installed.We’re puttingworld-class smart technology in WestConnexM8 and M5 East to ensure these roads are as safe as possible. The difference smart motorway technology will make to the M8 and M5 East corridor: It is not just congestion that causes traffic delays. Crashes caused by stop-start traffic, sudden braking and last-minute lane changes can affect the whole network, bringing traffic to a standstill. Smart motorway technologywill assist customers on the M8 and M5 East in a number of ways: • If an incident occurs on eithermotorway automatic incident detection will notifymotorists through on road signage before the congestion forms, giving them time to slow down and take an alternative route • Based on real traffic time data, the traffic teamwill be able to make immediate decisions on what’s best for traffic flow - improving the control of traffic flow, reducing ‘sudden’ speed drops and reducing the risk of crashes • Electronic lane control and speed signagewill enable the team to adjust traffic speeds and lanes dependent on weather, road conditions and congestion to keep traffic running smoothly
Some safety features on our roads include:
Automatic incident detection
Electronic speed signage that can be adjusted to varying weather or road conditions
Electronic lane-control signage
Specialist tunnel safety systems; sprinklers, emergency signage and ventilation systems
Toll cap introduced on all WestConnex assets
Toll relief for those in need
Calculate your toll using the future tolls calculator
What will the tolls be on WestConnex
WestConnex toll prices (cars) Tolls capped at $9.68
The tolls on WestConnex are consistent with NSW Government policy on tolling
Open to traffic/toll starts
Maximum toll 2020$ Section
New tolls are applied only where users receive a direct benefit Distance-based tolling applies to all new motorways Tolls charged reflect the cost of delivering the motorway network Free alternative roads will always remain available to motorists
New M4 full length
Church St, Parramatta to Haberfield (Parramatta Road andWattle Street
Now open $8.20
New M4 Tunnels only
Homebush to Haberfield (Parramata Road toWattle Street)
Now open $4.44
Haberfield to St Peters
WestConnex features distance-based tolls, which means motoristspay a maximumof 51c per km for the section of motorway they use (plus flagfall). When the entire project is finished the toll will be capped at $9.68 (2020$), after about 16km. Making WestConnex attractive for longer trips meansmore vehicles are encouraged off surface roads so those roads can be used more effectively for local traffic. After tolling starts, indexation of prices will be consistent for all WestConnex projects. There will be a maximum increase of 4% or the consumer price index (CPI) per year (whichever is greater) until 2040. After that, CPI will apply.
Beverly Hills (King Georges Road) to St Peters (St Peters Interchange)
Beverly Hills to General Holmes Drive
Passenger vehicle tolls are calculated using a 'flagfall' of $1.37 and then $0.51 per kilometre. Heavy vehicle tolls are calculated using a flagfall of $4.11 and then $1.52 per kilometre.
King Georges Road BEVERLY HILLS
Kingsgrove Road KINGSGROVE
Bexley Road BEXLEY NORTH
Princess Highway ARNCLIFFE
Marsh Street ARNCLIFFE
General Holmes Drive MASCOT
To Sydney Airport
To Sydney Airport
King Georges Road BEVERLY HILLS
St Peters Interchange ST PETERS
King Georges Rd
King Georges Rd
Cars & motorbikes
Entry/exit M5 East
King Georges Rd
General Holmes Drv
$5.74 $17.23 $4.59 $13.78
$5.90 $17.69 $4.75 $13.78
$6.95 $20.86 $5.83 $17.48
King Georges Rd
Eastbound direction only
General Holmes Drv
Calculate your toll
To estimate the cost of your Sydney toll trip, including roads currently under construction, you can visit the Linkt toll calculator and select the toll roads you'll be using. When you enter in your entry and exit point, it will give you the full cost of your journey, and you can select more than one toll road. If you want to find out if using this toll road is right for you, use the trip compare tool which will allow you to compare tolled and untolled trips.
Trip compare Trip compare is a tool that helps you to get the full picture of your journey, including time and costs, to get to where you are going. This tool will allow you to compare time and fuel savings on tolled and untolled trips―to find out if this tolled travel is right for you.
Where are you travelling? Toll road calculator interface, (toll roads opening soon)
Click here to compare now
Toll introduced 2020
Quickly estimate the cost of your Sydney toll road travel using our Sydney future toll calculator .
WestConnex M4-M5 Link
WestConnex Rozelle Interchange Opening 2023
M5 South-West Motorway Cashback Scheme
M5 South-West information • The M5 South-West Motorway opened in 1992 and is a 22km corridor between Beverly Hills and Prestons and directly connects to the M8 and M5 East at King Georges Road • It is a separate entity to the M8, M5 East and greater WestConnex network and is operated and tolled separately • Transurban is the sole operator of the M5 South-West with the concession running until 2026
• The Cashback Scheme is a NSWGovernment initiative. Eligible motorists can claim back tolls for trips on the M5, and other fees • Motorists can claim back the value of tolls (excludingGST) paid while using a vehicle registered in NSW for private, pensioner or charitable use on the M5 SouthWestern Motorway • If you have an existing e-tag or e-toll account and would like to register for the M5 Cashback scheme, you can do this by visiting a Service NSW Centre or by calling Service NSW on 13 77 88 • If you are setting up a new toll account, you can register for the M5 Cashback Scheme during the set up process. Who is eligible for the M5 Cashback? You are eligible for the Cashback refund if: • you are a NSW resident • you have registered your Tag or Tagless account for Cashback • you have submitted your claim within 12 months of the close of the Cashback quarter • your vehicle is registered in NSW for private, pensioner or charitable use
New M4 Tunnels
How to claim the M5 Cashback You need to have a registeredTag or Tagless account to claim the M5 Cashback. If you are signing up for a new account online you will be automatically registered for cashback. If you have an existing account you will need to register.
Support for those in need
Toll relief NSW Government’s Toll Relief program Provides eligible drivers with free vehicle registration. Find out more information on the programon the Service NSW website. Linkt Assist Linkt recognise that many factors can contribute to financial or social challenges, and these may include:
• Unemployment or loss of income • Family breakdown • Illness or death in the family • Carer responsibilities • Family violence • Disability
• Physical or mental health conditions • Homelessness • Addiction • Cultural or language barriers
Linkt customer service If you have a general question about tolling or want to talk to someone about an existing Linkt account or recent travel call the Linkt team. 13 33 31 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week
For more information about Linkt Assist, how to pay for your tolls or what happens if you don’t pay click here.
Transurban Hardship Policy You can view the Transurban Hardship policy here
Project maps will help you follow your route from A-B
Imagery of the motorway to help you get familiar with your new surroundings
Animations to help you plan your journey on the motorway
Taking the M8 will help you get to
St Peters Interchange Exit: • St Peters
King Georges Road Exit: • Beverly Hills
• Alexandria • Roseberry • Mascot • Tempe • Marrickville • Enmore • Newtown • Waterloo • Redfern
• Roselands • Penshurst • Kingsgrove
Accessed by taking the M8
Taking the M5 East will help you get to King Georges Road: • Beverly Hills Cooks River/ Marsh Street Exit: • Arncliffe • Wolli Creek
• Roselands • Penshurst Kingsgrove Road Exit: • Kingsgrove Bexley Road Exit: • Bexley North • Earlwood
Accessed by taking M5 East
• Airport • Mascot • Continuing to City and north via M1 Princes Highway: • Arncliffe General Holmes Drive Exit: • Brighton Le-Sands
• Bardwell Park • Bardwell Valley
• Airport • Mascot
Whether you have been driving along the M5 corridor for years or are new to the motorway, it may take some time to get used to the new road configuration. Safe driving is a responsibility we all share, so we want you to help us help drivers understand how to use the M8 motorway. We have developed a series of short videos that take drivers through every possible trip you can make using the M8 motorway. This allows you to visualise your journey, get used to any new turns or lanes and enjoy a safe trip on the M8 motorway.
Visit: WestConnex plan your journey to plan ahead when using the M8 tunnels
Visit westconnex.com.au to download detailed project maps to help you plan your journey when using the WestConnex M8
M8 Project maps
Visit westconnex.com.au to view more imagery of the project
Artist impressions ― download imagery here
Construction imagery ― download imagery here
Aerials ― download imagery here
Public art, parks and pedestrian and cycle paths
14km of new and upgraded cycling and walking paths
More than 900,000 trees , shrubs and plants will be planted, including 650,000 at the former Alexandria landfill site
New fitness equipment will be installed at 18 locations along the M8 linear park
St Peters Interchange The M8 has been a catalyst for the renewal and reuse of one of Sydney’s most contaminated sites, the former Alexandria landfill opposite Sydney Park at St Peters. The former rubbish tip has undergone extensive remediation works in preparation for the construction of the St Peters Interchange. The St Peters Interchange includes about 6 hectares after completion of M8, another 2.5 hectares after completion of M4-M5 Link of new green space which will connect to Sydney Park via designated pedestrian and cyclist crossings on Campbell Road. Green Link A Green Link will provide new cycle and pedestrian connectivity between CamdenvillePark, Simpson Park and Sydney Park. The Green Link will include a pedestrian and cycle crossing over Alexandra Canal, to link the growingMascot precinct with green space at St Peters. M8 Linear Park New recreational equipment, seating, shelters and landscaping will be provided along the M8 Linear Park through Kingsgrove and Beverly Hills. Static fitness equipment will cater for users of all ages and wayfinding signage will create a new identity for the revitalised green spaces along the corridor. Heritage The diverse history of the St Peters Interchange site will be celebrated in a series of public display panels along new pedestrian and cycle paths. The heritage display panels will cover geological, Aboriginal, early European and Industrial use of the area
New public parks WestConnex is building more than tunnels. Through excellence in design and delivery, WestConnex will deliver places which: • respond to the community’s needs • promote an active and healthy lifestyle • are intuitive and safe WestConnex has worked closely with communities on how best to integrate these new spaces for everyone to enjoy and they are designed to encourage walking, cycling and social interaction. The local parks are vibrant places and landmarks in their own right, building on the local character of each area.
Artist’s impressions pictured above from top to bottom: • Southwest along the shared user path at St Peters Interchange • New Public Parkland overlooking St Peters Interchange • New footpaths and
dedicated cycle paths adjacent Simpson Park
Artist’s impression Linear Park
St Peters Interchange The M8 has been a catalyst for the renewal and reuse of one of Sydney’s most contaminated sites, the former Alexandria landfill opposite Sydney Park at St Peters.
Pedestrian and cycle paths at St Peters Interchange
New and upgraded cycling and walking paths
The current active transport network (ATN) in the St Peters area is very limited with gaps in connectivity and poor pathways that can be unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians. The new St Peters Interchange will create new shared paths and upgrade existing paths within the area. It also provides further connectivity to the south through the future Sydney Gateway project. When the M8 opens there will be an active transport link from the airport and Alexandra Canal in the south to Sydney Park and Bourke St Cycle way in the north. This will benefit both regional and local users. The project teamworked closely with representatives from Transport for NSW, City of Sydney, Inner West Council and Bicycle NSW to identify any gaps between the current and existing network, developing designs to connect concurrent
Enmore / Marrickville Connection
Newtown Connection / King St Gateway
Sydney Park Connection
and future ATN in planning, including: • City of Sydney Alexandra Canal path • King St Gateway ATN network • Sydney Gateway path network • Alexandria to Moore Park path network
Alexandra Canal Connection
Public art program Canal to Creek: a cultural landscape WestConnex is delivering a comprehensive public art program as part of the M8, including an artist trail at St Peters Interchange and installations along the M8 Linear Park at Kingsgrove. Named Canal to Creek, after the waterways that connect the art sites, the program will include sculptures, lighting installations and murals.
Public art locations
Visit: WestConnex public art to download canal to creek maps
St Peters Interchange overview
Linear Park overview
Canal to Creek overview
Translating and Interpreting Service If you require the services of an interpreter, please contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 and ask them to contact WestConnex on 1800 660 248 . The interpreter will then assist you with the translation. TTY service If you're deaf or you have a hearing or speech impediment, please use the National Relay Service. Contact WestConnex Community information line 1800 660 248 Email us on : email@example.com Find us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn Visit a WestConnex local information centre at: M4-M5 Link Tunnels 201-205 Parramatta Road, Haberfield Rozelle Interchange 84 LilyfieldRoad, Rozelle
The WestConnex project team has developed this document to give you a heads up for what’s to come. As we progress closer to opening, we will continue to update you on opening dates and times. Please contact us for a virtual briefing or for further information on any aspect of the project. The project teamwill also host a virtual community event that everyone can attend where you can take a sneak peek tour of the M8 tunnels, access information and maps to plan your journey and speak to a member of the project team. We look forward to delivering this project with you. Thank you
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