WestConnex Stage 3 M4-M5 Link - Haberfield to St Peters
Latest Meeting - Annandale major infrastructure local impacts public meeting
Council held a public meeting on Wednesday 30 May 2018 at Annandale Community Centre to inform the community about the local impacts of major State Government construction projects. The meeting covered WestConnex construction and operational impacts; potential traffic impacts on Johnston Street; use of White Bay as a construction staging site for WestConnex and the Western Harbour Tunnel; proposed Glebe Island Multi User Port Facility; and the proposed relocation of Hanson’s Concrete Batching Plant to Glebe Island.
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 engaged respected engineering firm BECA Australia to work with Council to assess the M4 - M5 Link EIS.
- Beca along with Council's specialist staff have addressed community issues of which we are aware.
- Their assessment has fed 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.
Stage 3 M4 - M5 Link Approval
On Tuesday 17 April 2018 the Minister for Planning announced approval of WestConnex Stage 3. To read Council's initial assessment of the Stage 3 M4 - M5 Link approval, click here (PDF 41.9KB).
Stage 3 M4 - M5 Link Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
M4 - M5 Link EIS was on exhibition from 18 August to 16 October, key documents can still be viewed on the Department of Planning and Environment website and on SMC’s website.
Local impacts public meetings
Balmain - 26 May 2018
On Saturday 26 May 2018, Inner West Council's Mayor Darcy Byrne along
with parents from Rozelle Public School held a public meeting at the
Balmain Town Hall concerning the new WestConnex Stage 3 approval and the
proposed second Sydney Harbour Tunnel. WestConnex Stage 3 combined with
the proposed second Sydney Harbour Tunnel, which would begin its
harbour crossing underneath Balmain and Birchgrove, adds up to years of
construction impacts for the inner west.
View the Balmain local impacts public meeting presentation (PDF 1.3MB) here
Public meetings on EIS construction and traffic impacts
Council held a series of five public meetings for residents who will be affected by the serious impacts of WestConnex Stage 3 M4-M5 Link.
Three of these meetings were held in February 2018 with two, Rozelle and Leichhardt, held in late 2017.
Rozelle, Lilyfield and North Annandale
Haberfield and Ashfield impacts
Annandale and Camperdown impacts
St Peters impacts
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