Drivers from Western Sydney to Mascot will now be able to save 40 minutes and bypass 52 sets of traffic lights thanks to the opening of the giant WestConnex motorway. Tunnels linking the M4 in Haberfield to the M8 in St Peters opened to the public at 3am this Friday leading to the creation of Australia’s longest continuous underground motorway. The ambitious $3.2 billion tunnels which include 22km of underground roads are expected to take tens of thousands of vehicles off Parramatta Road each day.
Premier Dominic Perrottet revealed that the project, which began back in 2018, was completed two months ahead of schedule.
“This vital new link will save motorists up to 40 minutes on their journey between Western Sydney and Sydney Airport, bypassing 52 sets of traffic lights by travelling through 22 kilometres of tunnels deep under the city,” he said in a press conference adding that the government is “completely transforming the way Sydneysiders live.”
“Today is a historic day for the people of Western Sydney and for the people of our state.”
“These projects are challenging but they are part of our long-term plan to keep our state moving forward,” he added.
Cars will need to pay $5.65 to use the new tunnels and heavy vehicles will be charged $16.95. The total amount for using the entire tunnel by car is set at $11.11 and $33.32 for heavier vehicles.
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