The NSW Government has reached an agreement with the Sydney Airport Corporation which will allow for the delivery of the $2.2 to $2.6 billion Sydney Gateway project.
The project consists of a new motorway connection between the New M5 Interchange at St Peters and the Airport and Port precinct, the relocation and reconfiguration of Airport Drive, major upgrades to Qantas Drive and Joyce Drive, and the duplication of the Port Botany Freight Rail Line to increase freight rail capacity to Australia’s largest container port.
Travel times from Parramatta to Sydney Airport when using the new M4 and M5 link will be reduced by 40 minutes while a journey from Campbelltown to Sydney Airport when using the new M5 will be reduced by up to 20 minutes.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Sydney Gateway will mean motorists will be able to travel between Penrith or Parramatta and the Domestic Airport terminal without stopping at any traffic lights.
“This connection will also help to fix notorious bottlenecks and congestion on roads around the Airport, which often create headaches for travellers,” Ms Berejiklian said,
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,” Ms Pavey said.
Road components of Sydney Gateway are targeted to be completed in 2023, subject to planning approvals and environmental assessment.