Toll free Gateway linking Sydney

Published: 12 Sep 2018

A vital piece of the Sydney motorway network is a step closer with the NSW Government reaching an agreement with the Sydney Airport Corporation, paving the way for the delivery of the Sydney Gateway.

Sydney Gateway consists of:

  • A new motorway connection between the New M5 Interchange at St Peters and the Airport and Port Precinct.
  • Relocation and reconfiguration of Airport Drive, connecting into the International Terminal.
  • Major upgrades to Qantas Drive and Joyce Drive around the Domestic Terminal, including a redesigned intersection into the Terminal.
  • Duplication of the Port Botany Freight Rail Line, to increase freight rail capacity to Australia’s largest container port.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the toll free link will slash travel times from Parramatta to Sydney Airport when using the New M4 and M4 – M5 Link by up to 40 minutes and cut a journey from Campbelltown to Sydney Airport when using the New M5 by up to 20 minutes.

“With Sydney Gateway completed, drivers will be able to travel between Penrith or Parramatta and the Domestic Airport terminal without stopping at a single traffic light,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“This connection will also help to fix notorious bottlenecks and congestion on roads around the Airport, which often create headaches for travelers.

“This investment in vital infrastructure is only possible because of the NSW Liberals & Nationals strong economic management.”

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said Sydney Gateway will also duplicate a three-kilometre section of the Port Botany freight rail line between Botany and Mascot.

“This will take trucks off local roads by shifting more freight from road to rail, increasing capacity and improving service reliability to Sydney’s ports,” Mrs Pavey said.

The Australian Government announced funding for the rail line duplication, to be delivered by the Australian Rail Track Corporation, earlier this year.

The NSW Government also confirmed today that in addition to Sydney Gateway, the new M12 motorway that will service Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek will be toll free.

“This means that both of these vital gateway road links, one to the current airport and one to the new Western Sydney Airport, will not be tolled,” Mrs Pavey said.

The NSW Government will work closely with Sydney Airport Corporation, the Australian Rail Track Corporation and other key stakeholders to progress Sydney Gateway and minimise impacts on the community during delivery.

Sydney Gateway will be subject to comprehensive environmental assessment to secure planning approvals, with the community invited to provide feedback at key stages.

Subject to planning approvals the road components of Sydney Gateway are targeted to be complete in 2023, with an estimated cost between $2.2 - $2.6 billion.

The investment in Sydney Gateway comes on top of the Government’s previous announcements, which confirmed upgrades to the T8 passenger rail line serving Sydney Airport; and the commitment with the Australian Government to deliver the first stage of the North-South rail line linking to Western Sydney Airport.

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