The first section of the F6 Extension connecting the New M5 Motorway to Kogarah in Sydney, expected to cost between $2.2 and $2.6B, is now fully funded under the 2018-19 NSW Budget.
The state government has released plans for the twin four-kilometre tunnels that will connect the New M5 at Arncliffe and President Avenue at Kogarah and will allow drivers to bypass 23 sets of traffic lights on the motorway.
The design for Stage 1 of the F6 extension also includes connection tunnels to facilitate future components of the F6 between Kogarah and Loftus, which are in development.
New South Wales Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey said Stage 1 of the project has been designed to minimise disruption to the community and to minimise property impacts.
“We are committed to delivering this project for Southern Sydney, but as with all of our projects we want to take the community with us and that is why the next phase of consultation begins today.”
Following the first round of community consultation, an Environmental Impact Statement will be completed and exhibited. The state government is targeting tendering and procurement to be underway next year.
“In order to deliver on all of these projects some roads will be tolled and we want to be up front with the community now and say this is one of those roads which will be tolled, but as always there will be a free alternative,” Mrs. Pavey said.
The toll for the F6 Extension is planned to be $1.77 each way for cars (2017 dollars).
Users of the F6 Extension will also be eligible for the NSW Government’s free registration package, should they spend $25 or more a week on tolls.