Sydney-siders were given a first look inside the NorthConnex tunnel today following the first end-to-end drive through of the $3 billion project.
This is a major milestone for the project which once finished will mean motorists can avoid 21 sets of traffic lights along Pennant Hills Road and saving up to 15 minutes travel time.
Joining the team on the trip were Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack (also Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development) as well as NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance and Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge.
In an Australian-first NorthConnex also includes innovative lighting designs, including backlit silhouettes of native birds, trees and starry skies, to keep drivers alert in the country’s longest road tunnel.
NorthConnex will return local streets to local communities by taking up to 5,000 trucks per day off Pennant Hills Road, easing congestion, improving safety and local air quality, and reducing traffic noise.
Photo (L-R): Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance.