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Tunnelling underway on WestConnex M4 East

The first road header has begun work on the first WestConnex tunnel, marking a major breakthrough in the long-awaited M4 East project.

The first road header has begun work on the first WestConnex tunnel, marking a major breakthrough in the long-awaited M4 East project.The first road header has begun work on the first WestConnex tunnel, marking a major breakthrough in the long-awaited M4 East project.

The road header will be one of four based at the Cintra Park site that will work underground in both directions to create the 5.5-kilometre tunnels which will link Homebush with Haberfield in the first stage of the project.

“This is a milestone event for the congestion-busting WestConnex motorway, which will deliver more than $20 billion in benefits to NSW and create 10,000 jobs during construction,” said Premier Mike Baird in a statement.

The tunnels will be among the widest in the southern hemisphere, allowing for a safer and quicker journey for motorists currently stuck at the end of the M4, bypassing a heavily congested section of Parramatta Road.

“Sydney can’t wait a minute longer for WestConnex which will cut 40 minutes from a typical journey between Parramatta and Sydney Airport, and bypass up to 52 sets of traffic lights,” said Mr. Baird.

Tunnelling will begin at four different sites over the coming months to build the M4 East, which will open to motorists in 2019.

When complete, WestConnex will transform Sydney by joining the M4 and M5 in a continuous motorway with connections at Rozelle, Camperdown, St Peters and Sydney Airport.

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