First section of F6 extension receives additional $35M

The New South Wales Government is moving ahead with planning and development for the proposed four-kilometre underground tunnel connection in Sydney’s south.The New South Wales Government is moving ahead with preliminary planning works for the proposed F6 Extension Stage 1 in Sydney’s south.

In addition to the $15 million allocated in the 2017-18 State Budget, the New South Wales Government is committing a further $35 million for the planning and development phases of the project.

Stage 1 of the connection in Sydney’s south is proposed as a four-kilometre tunnel, connecting underground from the WestConnex New M5 junction at Arncliffe to President Avenue in Kogarah.

According to a statement from NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey, the final design for the tunnel has not been decided, but it is anticipated a detailed design and cost for the project will be released mid-2018, following community consultation.

The four-kilometre tunnel aims to reduce traffic congestion along the Princes Highway through Arncliffe, Banksia and Rockdale, and on The Grand Parade through Brighton-le-Sands.

“Peak hour travel speeds on the Princes Highway between Kogarah and the city are among the lowest for arterial roads in Sydney, which is why this project is a priority,” said Ms. Pavey in the statement.

“While we are still doing our homework, it’s predicted the property impact for Stage 1 of the F6 extension will be low, compared to other major road projects.”

The statement said that Roads and Maritime Services is also continuing with early investigation work along the F6 Corridor between Kogarah and Loftus to help determine any possible adjustments for the future motorway.

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