The early design of the M12 Motorway which will connect to the Western Sydney Airport has been unveiled.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Paul Fletcher, said the new 16km road would mean that when the new airport opens in late 2026, it will have a direct connection to Sydney’s motorway network, unlocking the economic benefits Western Sydney Airport will deliver to the region and beyond.

The $5.3 billion airport, funded by the Federal Government, will support more than 11,000 jobs in the construction phase and 28,000 jobs by 2031.

“With an extra one million people expected to live in Western Sydney by 2031, the Turnbull and Berejiklian Governments are delivering the infrastructure needed to make a growing Western Sydney work for residents, and an ever better place to live and do business,” Mr Fletcher said.

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, said the preliminary design had been developed and community feedback was now being sought to inform the next stage of design.

“Since the previous announcement, changes include moving the eastern section of the route northward to maintain the integrity of the Western Sydney Parklands, and maintain the integrity and development potential of the area for future generations,” Mrs Pavey said.

NSW Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies, said the M12 would be delivered in time for the opening of the Western Sydney Airport in 2026.

“The M12 Motorway is the next major project in the $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, which has created hundreds of jobs,” Mrs Davies said.

Detailed investigations will take place in the next 12 months as the design is developed and the environmental assessment drafted.

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