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NorthConnex officially opens

Sydney’s newest motorway, NorthConnex, has officially opened.
NorthConnex officially opens

APP, in conjunction with Arcadis, is the Independent Certifier for the project in Sydney’s north-west. NorthConnex is a nine-kilometre twin tunnel linking the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga to the Hills M2 Motorway at West Pennant Hills. Motorists will be able to travel from Newcastle to Melbourne without a single set of traffic lights, reducing travel times for motorists and delivering state and national freight efficiencies. They will bypass 21 sets of traffic lights along Pennant Hills Road, and as an alternative route to the city, can bypass up to 40 sets of traffic lights on the Pacific Highway.

Construction began in 2015 with the portals at either end, and the 90m and 70m deep shafts at a third, and two thirds points along the tunnel, with two years of tunnelling commencing around April 2016. NorthConnex features innovative lighting displays to keep drivers alert as well as starscapes, and blue and white forest silhouettes to reflect Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park - connecting the rural environment of the north to the urban environment of the city.

NorthConnex officially opens

APP’s General Manager NorthConnex Ian Blaiklock, led the APP team who worked alongside long term partners Arcadis, McMillen Jacobs, Avail Services and Jim Senogles.

A vote of thanks to the workers and sausage sizzle was held at the M2 tunnel entrance as a prelude to the official opening in the tunnel itself. Speeches were given by key project leaders from each of Transurban, TfNSW and Lendlease Bouygues JV taking time to recognise and express their personal thanks for the huge efforts by many workers and suppliers and the millions of hours which have been dedicated to get the project complete and open.

The official opening on 30 October 2020 was attended by Premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge, Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance, APP’s CEO Adam Castro, Transurban CEO Scott Charlton, local MPs and many workers of the project.

Congratulations to all involved.

NorthConnex officially opens