The design and construction contract has been awarded for the M6 Stage 1, which will connect President Avenue at Kogarah with the WestConnex M8 at Arncliffe via four kilometre twin tunnels.
Transport for NSW awarded the $2.52 billion contract to CIMIC Group’s CPB Contractors and UGL, in a joint venture with Ghella, which was one of three finalists for the tender.
The M6 Stage 1 project will create more than 5,000 jobs, with construction expected to start in early 2022.
Drivers will be able to bypass up to 23 sets of traffic lights on the Princes Highway. Traffic on General Holmes Drive is expected to be reduced by 10,000 vehicles every day.
The M6 Stage 1 is expected to see a 40 per cent reduction in trucks on the Princes Highway north of President Avenue, which will be great news for the local community and local commuters.
The NSW Government will deliver a new intersection at President Avenue and an upgrade of the busy President Avenue and Princes Highway intersection to improve capacity and network integration.
Work is already underway on a $28 million investment in local recreational facilities. Around 200 jobs have been created through these upgrades which are creating great local spots for our local communities.
The NSW Government is continuing to look to the future of the M6, with investigation and planning work well under way on a future Stage 2.
Expected travel time savings (when used with other motorway connections):
- Kogarah to ANZAC Bridge – up to 15 minutes.
- Miranda to Macquarie Park – up to 15 minutes.
- Kogarah to south Sydney – up to 13 minutes.
- Taren Point to Mascot – up to 12 minutes.
- Kogarah to Sydney CBD – up to 8 minutes.
Around five kilometres of shared cycling and pedestrian pathways, connecting Bestic Street at Brighton Le Sands to O’Connell Street at Kogarah (including a new bridge over President Avenue) are also part of the project.
The M6 Stage 1 is expected to open to traffic in 2025.