The F6 corridor route has been announced by the NSW state government & currently there is detailed testing being conducted along the corridor to determine underground rock and soil conditions for the tunnel.
These are the current areas of study:
- Arncliffe to President Avenue
- President Avenue to Taren Point
- Taren Point to Loftus
- Loftus to Waterfall
The route if built would eventually connect up to the M5 section of WestConnex at Arncliffe in the north & the M1 Princess Highway at Waterfall in the south. The project is being dubbed to be called SouthConnex.
It is expected the new motorway would bypass 42 sets of traffic lights between Tom Ugly’s Bridge in Sylvania and St Peters & 18 sets of traffic lights between Tom Ugly’s Bridge in Sylvania and Loftus. This will make commuting from any suburb south of Waterfall much easier for those who work in Sydney & is a missing link in Sydney’s Motorway Network.
An announcement on the project is not expected to be made in the near future as it is dependent on several other motorway projects, such as Westconnex being completed first. It will also have to go up against all other infrastructure projects for funding including Light Rail projects, Sydney Metro projects & Other motorway projects such as the Northern Beaches Link as there are limited funds.
The future for the project does look promising for the F6 Freeway and with the state government’s commitment to do geo testing in the corridor, only strengthens this viewpoint.
Update (Thanks to Nigel)
The public transport option for the route has been ignored according to an article posted by the Sydney morning herald.
According to 7 News, The Roads minister Duncan Gay revealed that the geotechnical work results for the SouthConnex project came back & found that there is a lot of sand along the route where the tunnel would go. This material is undesirable for tunnel construction meaning the route may have to be changed & could involve the compulsory acquisition of properties along the new route if the project goes ahead.
According to SMH, it is expected that the F6 Extension will cost $16 Billion & tolls for motorists entering at St Peters & exiting at Waterfall will be paying $10 each way.
This means motorists will have to pay $100 per week & this does not include the cost of getting into the city via the new M5 Westconnex extension which could add another $6-7 each way to the trip in 2024.