Turnbull’s tunnel tour

The NorthConnex Southern compound had some serious visitors on Monday to mark a milestone in the $3 billionproject’s timetable.
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Milestone: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Federal Member for Berowra Julian Leeser visit the NorthConnex Southern compound.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher, Federal Member for BerowraJulian Leeser and NSW Minister for Roads and FreightDuncan Gayattended the site to markthe completion of the deepest shaft –a depth of90 metres.

Construction is well underway across the project with seven roadheader excavatorsworking in three tunneling locations.

Mr Turnbull described NorthConnex as a “great partnershipbetween the private sector, the federal government and state government.”

“[They are all]working together to deliver great urban outcomes to the people of New South Wales,” Mr Turnbull said.

“This is a massive investment in the infrastructure that makes our city more liveable, that serves the people.

“We are building the cities that will enable us to grow and prosper in the years ahead,” he said.

Member for Berowra Julian Leeser emphasised the importance of NorthConnex to the local area.

“Pennant Hills Road is one of the worst roads inAustralia,” Mr Leeser said.

“Northconnex will take 5,000 trucks off Pennant Hills Road every day and will offer motorists up to 15 minutes in saved travel time by allowing them to bypass up to 21 traffic lights.

“This project will allow us to reclaim our local roads for local residents and local business,” he said.

As acritical element in the government’s $50 billion road and rail infrastructure plan,NorthConnex willlinkthe M1 and the M2 and promises to delivers the missing link in Sydney’s motorway system.

“The benefits will be felt far beyond the boundaries of Berowra,” Mr Leeser said.

“NorthConnex creates more efficient movement of state and national freight.

“The new motorway will deliver the infrastructure our national economy needs along with quality outcomes for local residents, including better road safety and reduced air and noise pollution.”

The Southern Interchange will connectthe NorthConnex tunnel, Hills M2 Motorway and Pennant Hills Road.

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