Australia’s First Underground Stage Open to Drivers

National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA)

The Australian cityscape will see a few big developments in the forthcoming days, adding to its growing infrastructure. WestConnex tunnels between Haberfield and Homebush, is one of them. WestConnex is the Country’s first underground stage, that will start functioning this week. The route is not free. Drivers will be expected to pay a toll fee of $4.27 to travel on the new section.

A large part of the project is still underway and is expected to be completed by 2023. Known as the M4 East, the twin tunnels will link to the widened M4 and connect Homebush to Haberfield in the inner-west. The National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA) of the country are calling for a toll-free use of the route.

The WestConnex project is worth $16.8 billion. It is one of the major highlights Berejiklian Government’s $90 billion infrastructure program. Scaling the length of 5.5 kilometres, the tunnels diverge into three wide lanes that are projected to divert 10,000 trucks off Parramatta Road. The tunnels are estimated to experience around 67,000 trips, everyday in the coming 2 years.

The NRMA are rallying for a toll-free passage through the tunnels.

“It will provide the public with an opportunity to experience the project, to drive on the motorway, and then make an informed choice about whether or not they want to use the project or whether they want to use a free alternative,” head of media Peter Khoury said.

The official opening of the tunnels will be announced. Motorists will evade 52 traffic lights, with this new route.