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AustraliaDrivers facing toll spike as Westconnex tunnel set to open

12:14  10 july  2019
12:14  10 july  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

Sydney's WestConnex motorway to open this weekend

Sydney's WestConnex motorway to open this weekend The first stage of the nation's biggest road infrastructure project, WestConnex, is expected to open this Saturday with cars allowed on Sydney's M4 tunnels that will connect Homebush and Haberfield.

Sydney drivers will be able to bypass nightmare traffic on Parramatta Road from next week, after the State Government today announced the new M4 East tunnel will open on Saturday. The first Westconnex tunnel runs 6.5 kilometres from Wattle Street at Haberfield to link up with the existing

How much will tolls be on WestConnex ? WestConnex has a distance-based tolling system, like the existing M7 Motorway. Motorists pay only for the Three new tolling gantries east of Homebush Bay Drive are being tested until the New M4 tunnel opens in 2019. Drivers passing through the following.

Sydney drivers will be able to bypass nightmare traffic on Parramatta Road from next week, after the State Government today announced the new M4 East tunnel will open on Saturday.

The first Westconnex tunnel runs 6.5 kilometres from Wattle Street at Haberfield to link up with the existing M4 at Homebush, skipping 22 sets of traffic lights.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the official opening ceremony will be on Friday, with traffic to start flowing through from 2am on Saturday.

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'U-turns, reversing, standstills': Drivers struggle with new tunnel Days after Sydney's new M4 Westconnex Tunnel opened to the public, confused drivers have been spotted getting caught in dangerous predicaments.

Sydney drivers will be able to bypass nightmare traffic on Parramatta Road from next week, after the State Government today announced the new M4 East tunnel will open on Saturday. The first Westconnex tunnel runs 6.5 kilometres from Wattle Street at Haberfield to link up with the existing

The first Westconnex tunnel runs 6.5 kilometres from Wattle Street at Haberfield to link up with the existing M4 at Homebush, skipping 22 sets of Days after Sydney's new M4 Westconnex Tunnel opened to the public, confused drivers have been spotted getting caught in dangerous predicaments.

Drivers facing toll spike as Westconnex tunnel set to open© 9News Sydney drivers will be able to bypass nightmare traffic on Parramatta Road from next week, after the State Government today announced the new M4 East tunnel will open on Saturday.

"This is yet another major project which will allow people to spend less time in traffic and more time doing what they want,’ Ms Berejiklian said today.

But motorists will have to pay for the time-saving measure, from day one.

There will be no toll-free period, as there was when the toll was re-introduced on the widened section of the M4, between Parramatta and Homebush.

Drivers facing toll spike as Westconnex tunnel set to open© 9News The first Westconnex tunnel runs 6.5 kilometres from Wattle Street at Haberfield to link up with the existing M4 at Homebush, skipping 22 sets of traffic lights.

The widening took the Motorway from six lanes to eight and was undertaken to help it cope when the new tunnel opens.

Open at last: First cars use WestConnex M4 East tunnels

Open at last: First cars use WestConnex M4 East tunnels Sydney's new M4 East tunnels opened to motorists in the early hours of Saturday morning. The early section of the WestConnex motorway, which in time will extend for 33 kilometres, runs between Homebush and Haberfield and attracts a maximum toll of $4.27 one-way. Traffic was scarce between 2am and 3am when the eastbound and westbound sections of the M4 East, which runs largely underneath Parramatta Road, first accepted motorists. The tunnels were officially opened, with a ribbon-cutting, on Friday.

Sydney drivers will be able to bypass nightmare traffic on Parramatta Road from next week, after the State Government today announced the new M4 East tunnel will open on Saturday. The first Westconnex tunnel runs 6.5 kilometres from Wattle Street at Haberfield to link up with the existing

Sydney drivers will be able to bypass nightmare traffic on Parramatta Road from next week, after the State Government today announced the new M4 East tunnel will open on Saturday. The first Westconnex tunnel runs 6.5 kilometres from Wattle Street at Haberfield to link up with the existing

To drive the entire distance on the widened M4 it currently costs $4.93 for cars, and $14.79 for trucks.

When the M4 East tunnel opens on Saturday, there will be another toll slapped on top.

Drivers facing toll spike as Westconnex tunnel set to open© 9News The opening comes after the M4 Motorway was widened from six to eight lanes. Drivers facing toll spike as Westconnex tunnel set to open© 9News It has been revealed, however, that drivers who use the new tunnel will be slugged up to $15.78 per day in road tolls.

To travel the entire distance on the now-tolled section of the motorway, from Parramatta through the tunnel to Haberfield, drivers will fork out $7.89 one-way.

That adds up to $15.78 a day, $78.90 a week, and more than $3700 a year in tolls for western Sydney drivers.

The NRMA's Peter Khoury says the State Government should offer a toll-free period, so drivers can try the new tunnel before they buy.

"We expect them to provide that toll-free period, because it's the right thing to do for the project, and it's the right thing to do for Sydney," Mr Khoury said.

Former Sydney tip owners awarded $50 million compo for WestConnex site

Former Sydney tip owners awarded $50 million compo for WestConnex site The NSW government has been ordered to pay more than $50 million compensation to the former owners of a tip site that it acquired for WestConnex. A Sydney court has ordered the NSW government to pay more than $50 million compensation to the former owners of a tip site that it acquired to build the WestConnex spaghetti junction at St Peters. How To Get A Home Loan With 5% Deposit Find out more on Finder Ad Finder.com.au Alexandria Landfill Pty Ltd launched legal action against the government in the NSW Land and Environment Court, seeking hundreds of millions of dollars for the site in the city's inner west.

WestConnex M4 tunnels open , but some motorists struggle with new traffic conditions. First WestConnex tunnel to open to traffic this weekend.

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Drivers facing toll spike as Westconnex tunnel set to open© 9News The tunnel's opening is the first in four tunnels in the Westconnex system to be launched by the NSW Government.

The State Opposition has been equally as critical of the cost of the new tunnel.

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"Obviously the Minister has absolutely no idea of the toll people will be paying," NSW Labor Leader Jodi Mackay said.

The M4 East is the first of four tunnels in the Westconnex network.

The second stage - the duplication of the M5 tunnel between Beverly Hills and St Peters - is due to open next year.

The twin, 7.5 kilometre tunnels will be built to link the two - known as the M4-M5 Link - creating a city bypass to be opened in 2023.

The final stage is the Rozelle Interchange and Iron Cove Link, to link the M4-M5 Link tunnel to other road arteries in a major underground spaghetti interchange.

It will provide freeway access straight onto the Anzac Bridge, a network that will eventually allow drivers to travel from Penrith to the city without stopping at a single traffic light.

The entire project is due to be delivered in 2023.

Drivers can plan their journey by watching a virtual reality trip, and calculate their tolls online.

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