WestConnex Stage 3 M4-M5 Link - Haberfield to St Peters
Stage 3 M4 - M5 Link Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now on exhibition
M4 - M5 Link EIS is on exhibition from 18 August to 16 October, it can be viewed on the Department of Planning and Environment website. Print copies are available in all of Council’s libraries and service centres. The EIS describes the main features of the proposed M4-M5 Link project, as well as potential environmental and social impacts that may occur during construction and operation. Further background information is available on SMC’s website
Stage 3 of WestConnex includes:
- The M4 - M5 Link
Twin-mainline tunnels between the M4 East at Haberfield and the New M5 at St Peters, passing under Haberfield, Leichhardt, Camperdown, Newtown and St Peters. Each tunnel to would be around 7.5 km long and sized to accommodate up to four lanes of traffic in each direction.
- Iron Cove to Rozelle
An underground twin-tunnel from Victoria Road, east of the Iron Cove Bridge, to Anzac Bridge and the New M5/St Peters interchange.
What is Council doing?
- Council has engaged respected engineering firm BECA Australia to work with Council to assess the M4 - M5 Link EIS.
- Beca along with Council's specialist staff will address community issues of which we are aware.
- Their assessment will feed into Council’s submission on the EIS.
- 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.
M4 - M5 Link Concept Design Submission
Council lodged a submission in opposition to the M4 - M5 Link.
Council's Concerns with the Concept Design Plans
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.
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.
There are only two pedestrian access points to the new linear park from the south side of City West Link.
The acquisition of businesses along Victoria Road will affect business owners and change the nature of the surrounding community.
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.
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.
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
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:
Read the 18 November letter from RMS (PDF 1MB)