WestConnex Stage 3 M4-M5 Link - Camperdown, Rozelle, Annandale

Stage three of WestConnex includes:

  • The M4-M5 Link
    A tunnel from Haberfield to St Peters, via Rozelle and Camperdown. Likely to run north from St Peters to Parramatta Road, passing under King Street, Enmore and Erskineville Roads, Wilson Street, Carillon Avenue, and Missenden Road and then to Rozelle before heading west to join with the M4 East (Stage 1). A tunnel exit is likely at Parramatta Road at Sydney University, while a second exit is proposed for the Rozelle Railyards.
  • Iron Cove to Rozelle
    A one-kilometre tunnel between Iron Cove Bridge and a Rozelle interchange Stage 3 is not yet approved. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is due early 2017. You can have your say at the WestConnex M4/M5 webpage

M4/M5 Link Design Plans

The State Government is finalising plans for the M4/M5 link. The Design Plans are currently on exhibition. Submissions will close 4 August 2017.

The M4/M5 Link will connect the WestConnex interchanges at Haberfield and St Peters.

It includes a proposed interchange at Rozelle which would join WestConnex to Victoria Road, Johnston Street, the Anzac Bridge and the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel.

We are getting the best possible information and analysis so that we can make a submission that gets better outcomes for you.

What do you think about the Link?

Your Submission is Important. Submissions can help get better outcomes for our community.

If you live or work in the inner west, tell Sydney Motorway Corporation what you think about the Link.

Whether you have a lot to say or a little, make your voice heard.

See the Design Plans and make your submission at www.westconnex.com.au/M4-M5LinkDesign.

You can also contact your local State MP, the Minister for WestConnex or the Premier. Find their contact details here.

SMC Consultation Falling Short

The latest round of WestConnex community consultation is vague, selective and insincere.

The Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has invited comment on just eight aspects of the Concept Design, including things like architectural design of the ventilation stacks.

The Design itself is too vague for a properly informed assessment.

Council has requested more detailed information, however we expect this will only happen when the Environmental Impact Statement is released, which will be too late in the process.

Council's Concerns with the Design Plans

Dive Sites

A Darley Road dive site would inflict years of noise, pollution and traffic chaos on a quiet residential area; while the proposed Camperdown Dive Site is too close to the Bridge Road School and will close down the bus lane in front of the construction site.

Increased Traffic

The completed project will create more traffic on Victoria Road, Johnston Street, The Crescent and surrounding streets, and the eastern section of City West Link.

Pedestrian Impacts

There are only two pedestrian access points to the new linear park from the south side of City West Link.
Compulsory Acquisitions

The acquisition of businesses along Victoria Road will affect business owners and change the nature of the surrounding community.

Construction Impacts

The design plans are very vague and show only large ‘potential construction areas’, which will endure truck traffic, noise and dust pollution. Haberfield residents will face years more WestConnex pain, with the SMC planning to use existing construction sites at Wattle Street and Walker Avenue until the end of the project.

Ventilation Stacks

The Design Plans confirm ventilation stacks at Haberfield, the Rozelle Rail Yards, Victoria Road near the Iron Cove Bridge, and St Peters. The large unfiltered stacks will have a big impact on our community.

Barriers to Public Transport

There is a fundamental problem with the WestConnex focus on motorways instead of public transport. The Design throws up barriers for possible White Bay / Balmain light rail and Western Metro rail.

What is Council doing?

  • Council has engaged respected Engineering Firm BECA Australia to work with Council to address the Concept Design Plans. Beca will address all community issues of which we are aware. Their assessment will feed into Council’s submission on the Design.

  • Advocating local concerns, which has so far led to the State Government proposing an improved Rozelle interchange.

  • Obtaining a commitment from the State Government to minimise residential property acquisition for Stage 3.
  • Making sure that geotechnical drilling occurs on edges of our parks rather than in centre, and that equipment is dismantled over weekends if possible.
  • Consulting with SMC regarding design of the Rozelle Portal and development of open space and land bridges to link Lilyfield and Rozelle with North Annandale.
  • Obtaining a commitment from SMC to improve their consultation for Stage 3, including a recently commenced community ideas session.

Key Documents

The State Government has broadened the scope of the M4-M5 Link Proposal as per the details below:

The Iron Cove Link would provide a tunnel connection (including entry and exit portals near Terry Street at Rozelle) from Victoria Road at the southern abutment of the Iron Cove Bridge to the proposed Rozelle interchange at the Rozelle Rail Yards. The southern side of the carriageway of Victoria Road between the southern abutment of Iron Cove Bridge and Springside Street at Rozelle would be widened to accommodate the portals as well as changes to through-traffic lanes. A ventilation facility for the Iron Cove Link may need to be accommodated in this location; however, the need for it is subject to further investigation.
The tunnel would be approximately one kilometre in length and two lanes wide in each direction. The tunnel would have a posted speed limit of 80 kilometres per hour.

This report contains information on what will be investigated further through the EIS process for the project:

WestConnex M4-M5 Link: Addendum State significant infrastructure application report September 2016

Every effort is made to keep this list up to date. However, you may like to check the WestConnex page

Work Notifications

RMS notice to Council in relation to investigative drilling for WestConnex Stage 3 (M-M5 Link)

In a letter dated 18 November 2016, RMS has advised Council that it has updated its previous list of streets that will be subject to investigative drilling for WestConnex Stage 3 (M4-M5 Link). This will be undertaken accordance with the Roads Act 1996. The updated list is as follows:

Drilling Area List - M4-M5 Link

Read the 18 November letter from RMS (PDF 1MB)

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