WestConnex reports and submissions

A 1950s solution to a 21st century problem

Major cities across the world are making public transport their priority, not toll roads. Sydney needs to do the same.

Decades after city communities fought against inner city expressways, the threat is back. WestConnex will widen and extend existing motorways into our city.

It is a 1950s solution to our 21st century transport needs. At a cost of $16.8 billion, it will divert money from essential investments in public transport that Sydney – east and west – needs. 

The City asked SGS Economics & Planning to review the project because the State Government has not provided details on traffic modelling and is shockingly negotiating contracts before finishing environmental assessment.

The SGS report shows WestConnex will not only have serious impacts on the inner city, it will not meet Western Sydney’s needs.

The NSW Auditor-General criticised Westconnex for conflicts of interest, a poor business case and lack of information to assess if the project is economically viable.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore

Motorway falls short under independent study

The first expert independent assessment of the planned WestConnex Motorway warns the project won’t benefit residents of western Sydney, won’t be financially viable and won’t deliver promised travel time savings for years.

The review by leading experts, SGS Economics & Planning, says the project is planned as the largest continuous motorway in Australia yet its purpose and the challenges it is supposed to address are not clear. It warns the key justifications for WestConnex are already redundant.

According to the strategic review, WestConnex will not meet its overarching objectives of serving population and employment growth along the M4 and M5 corridors and moving freight from Port Botany and Kingsford Smith Airport to western Sydney.

SGS found current employment, freight and key demographic trends “do not support the construction of WestConnex”.

The motorway will deliver substantial additional traffic to neighbourhoods around the planned St Peters interchange and seriously impact on King Street.

In response to the report, Councillors expressed concern about the project at their February meeting in 2016.

Councillors supported a resolution for the Lord Mayor to write to NSW Premier Mike Baird, Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay, to request they reconsider the project.

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City of Sydney submission on WestConnex Stage 3 M4-M5 Link Environmental Impact Statement PDF 4.1 MB Download
City of Sydney submission on WestConnex Stage 3 M4-M5 Link Concept Design PDF 737.4 KB Download
City of Sydney submission on WestConnex Stage 3 M4-M5 Link Concept Design: Appendix A - City of Sydney submission on the draft Urban Design Landscape Plan PDF 15.9 MB Download
City of Sydney submission on WestConnex Stage 3 M4-M5 Link Concept Design: Appendix B1 - City of Sydney comments on St Peters Interchange Recreational Area PDF 365.4 KB Download
City of Sydney submission on WestConnex Stage 3 M4-M5 Link Concept Design: Appendix B2 - City of Sydney supplementary comments on St Peters Interchange Recreational Area PDF 814.5 KB Download
City of Sydney submission on WestConnex Stage 3 M4-M5 Link Concept Design: Appendix C - City of Sydney comments to RMS on the Pedestrian & Cycle Network Review PDF 559.3 KB Download
The WestConnex Challenge: Public summary report – June 2017 (draft) PDF 3.1 MB Download
WestConnex: Alternative proposal PDF 1.1 MB Download
City of Sydney response to the Submissions Report on the New M5 PDF 502.7 KB Download
SGS Economics & Planning: WestConnex Business Case Review – Final report PDF 2.9 MB Download
City of Sydney submission: WestConnex New M5 Environmental Impact Statement PDF 1.9 MB Download
WestConnex New M5 EIS Review of Biodiversity Assessment PDF 4.6 MB Download
WestConnex New M5 EIS Review of Strategic Alternatives & Socio-economic Impacts PDF 2.1 MB Download
WestConnex New M5 EIS Review of Traffic and Transport – Part 1 PDF 5.1 MB Download
WestConnex New M5 EIS Review of Traffic and Transport – Part 2 PDF 8.4 MB Download
City of Sydney submission: WestConnex M4 East Environmental Impact Statement PDF 345.1 KB Download
SGS Economics & Planning: M4 East EIS Review – Final report PDF 2.3 MB Download
Strategic Review of the WestConnex Proposal: Final Report PDF 4.8 MB Download
WestConnex Transport Modelling: Summary report PDF 6.6 MB Download
WestConnex Transport Modelling: Technical report PDF 6.0 MB Download
Lord Mayoral minute: WestConnex Strategic Review PDF 112.8 KB Download
Lord Mayoral minute: WestConnex Transport Modelling PDF 98.4 KB Download

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Last updated: Tuesday, 17 October 2017