NorthConnex Tunnels are opening in northwest Sydney, providing an alternative route...

NorthConnex Tunnels are opening in northwest Sydney, providing an alternative route...
NorthConnex Tunnels are opening in northwest Sydney, providing an alternative route...

IT is the missing link that enables motorists to avoid “the most hated road in Australia” and get from Beresfield to Melbourne without encountering a single set of traffic lights. After five years of construction, the NorthConnex tunnels will be opened on Saturday, which will connect the M1 and M2 motorways in northwest Sydney. The $ 3 billion project is about a year behind schedule, but for those who regularly ride the existing Pennant Hills Road link, the delay is quickly forgotten. By using the two-kilometer twin tunnels that run between Wahroonga and West Pennant Hills, drivers avoid 21 traffic lights on Pennant Hills Road and save an estimated 15 minutes of travel time. When motorists take the M2 towards downtown Sydney, they bypass 40 traffic lights on the Pacific Highway. Nightmare drives along Pennant Hills Road during school holidays and peak travel times are a thing of the past. when you are ready to pay for it. The cost to use the NorthConnex is $ 7.99 for cars and $ 23.97 for heavy vehicles. If you drive on the M2 and connect to the M7, additional tolls apply. The New South Wales government defied opposition calls for a toll-free deadline, noting that the existing toll-free route would be less congested once the tunnels were opened. At a ceremony to cut the ribbons in one of the tunnels on Friday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said NorthConnex will “change the way we move”. “This is the culmination of years of planning and work,” she said. “Transurban came to the government a few years ago with an unsolicited proposal and said they had the idea of ​​creating a wonderful connection that would change the way people move between the Central Coast and Sydney.” And here we are today . “__________________________________________________ Federal Minister of Urban Infrastructure, Alan Tudge, said he has never seen so much excitement about a new road” as the NorthConnex. ” “This fixes one of the worst roads in Australia, Pennant Hills Road, and a daily commuter saves 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon every day. “Over the course of a year, this road commuter will get a week of his life back on this road.” Transportation Secretary Andrew Constance described NorthConnex as a “life changer” that would ease the congestion of “the most hated road in Australia”. “It’s a life changer for millions of people and we shouldn’t lose sight of it,” he said. “Millions of people will drive through this tunnel every year and get home faster. [spending] more time with loved ones. “The local communities that are 150 feet above us are going to change their lives.” There are 10 school communities that should benefit from not having trucks at their school gates. The children can now cross the road much more safely. “The NorthConnex tunnels are 90 meters below the surface at their deepest point and are the deepest in Australia. They are expected to take about 5,000 trucks off Pennant Hills Road each day. Heavy vehicles can’t take the long drive on Pennant Hills Road. Drivers will be fined $ 194. Scott Charlton, CEO of Transurban, recognized the “audacity of the NSW government” in carrying out the project and thanked the community for their patience during construction.

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October 31, 2020 – 4:00 a.m.

IT is the missing link that enables motorists to avoid “the most hated road in Australia” and get from Beresfield to Melbourne without encountering a single set of traffic lights.

After five years of construction, the NorthConnex tunnels will be opened on Saturday, which will connect the M1 and M2 motorways in northwest Sydney.

The $ 3 billion project is about a year behind schedule, but for those who regularly ride the existing Pennant Hills Road link, the delay is quickly forgotten.

By using the two-kilometer twin tunnels that run between Wahroonga and West Pennant Hills, drivers avoid 21 traffic lights on Pennant Hills Road and save an estimated 15 minutes of travel time.

When motorists take the M2 towards downtown Sydney, they also bypass 40 traffic lights on the Pacific Highway.

Nightmare drives along Pennant Hills Road during school holidays and peak travel times are a thing of the past. when you are ready to pay for it.

The cost to use the NorthConnex is $ 7.99 for cars and $ 23.97 for heavy vehicles. If you drive on the M2 and connect to the M7, additional tolls apply.

The New South Wales government defied opposition calls for a toll-free deadline, noting that the existing toll-free route would be less congested after the tunnels opened.

At a ceremony to cut the ligaments in one of the tunnels on Friday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said NorthConnex will “change the way we move”.

“This is the culmination of years of planning and work,” she said.

“Transurban came to the government a few years ago with an unsolicited proposal and said they had the idea of ​​creating a wonderful connection that would change the way people move between the Central Coast and Sydney.

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Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said he had never seen so much excitement about a new road “than about the NorthConnex”.

“This fixes one of the worst roads in Australia, Pennant Hills Road, and a daily commuter saves 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon every day.

“Over the course of a year, this road commuter will get a week of his life back.”

Transportation Secretary Andrew Constance described NorthConnex as a “life changer” that would ease the congestion of “the most hated road in Australia”.

“It’s a life changer for millions of people and we shouldn’t lose sight of it,” he said.

“Millions of people will drive through this tunnel every year and get home faster. [spending] more time with loved ones.

“These local communities, about 90 meters above us, will change their lives.

“There are 10 school communities that are supposed to benefit from not having trucks in front of their school gates. The children can now cross the street much more safely. ”

The NorthConnex tunnels are 90 meters below the surface at their deepest point and are the deepest in Australia.

They are expected to bring about 5,000 trucks off Pennant Hills Road each day.

Heavy vehicles can no longer drive on Pennant Hills Road. Drivers will be fined $ 194 for doing this.

Scott Charlton, CEO of Transurban, recognized the “audacity of the NSW government” in continuing the project and thanked the community for their patience during construction.

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