The New South Wales Government is committing a further $35 million to support the planning and project development of the first section of the F6 extension.

The $35 million commitment is in addition to the $15 million provided in 2017-18 Budget for the F6 project.

Stage one of the connection in Sydney’s South is proposed as a four kilometre tunnel, connecting underground from the WestConnex New M5 junction at Arncliffe to President Avenue in Kogarah.

NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian said anyone who drives through the area knows how congested the roads can get and how vital the link will be.

“We are a Government which gets on with the job and in the coming days we will be starting consultation on the initial concept design with the community,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“At this point a final design for the tunnel has not been decided, as we will take our time to listen to the community before coming back in mid-2018 with a detailed design and cost for the project.”

The four kilometre tunnel would reduce traffic congestion along the Princes Highway through Arncliffe, Banksia and Rockdale, and on The Grand Parade through Brighton-le-Sands.

The Minister for Roads, Melinda Pavey, said  the project is a priority as peak hour travel speeds on the Princes Highway between Kogarah and the city are among the lowest for arterial roads in Sydney.

“While we are still doing our homework, it’s predicted the property impact for stage one of the F6 extension will be low, compared to other major road projects,” Ms Pavey said.

Roads and Maritime is also continuing with early investigation work along the F6 Corridor between Kogarah and Loftus to help determine any possible adjustments for the future motorway.

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