The NSW Government will call for tender applications for construction of the M6 Stage 1 project, estimated to cost around $2.6 billion.
The project, referred to the ‘missing link’ motorway, aims to connect Sydney’s South. It will allow motorists to bypass up to 23 sets of traffic lights on the Princes Highway and take up to 2,000 heavy vehicles a day off surface roads.
Additionally, a $20 million upgrade of recreational facilities at popular local parks at Rockdale and Brighton-Le-Sands will start mid-2020.
The M6 Stage 1 connects President Avenue at Kogarah to the New M5 at Arncliffe.
Successful applicants from last year’s Expressions of Interest to design and construct the M6 Stage 1 project will be invited to tender, including:
- Acciona-Samsung Joint Venture (comprising Acciona Construction Australia and Samsung C&T Corporation)
- Gamuda-BMD Joint Venture (comprising Gamuda Berhad t/as Gamuda (Australia) Branch and B.M.D. Constructions)
- CPB–Ghella Joint Venture (comprising CPB Contractors and Ghella)
NSW Minister for Roads, Andrew Constance, said the project was expected to create around 5,300 new jobs amidst the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We know many workers, contractors and sub-contractors are doing it tough during this challenging period, and the start of works on the M6 Stage 1 will be a major boost for the construction industry,” Mr Constance said.
“In NSW there are almost 400,000 people employed in property and construction, and we are committed to keeping as many of them in work as possible.
“The construction of the M6 Stage 1 will create thousands of new jobs and support families across Sydney.”
The investment of around $20 million to revitalise local recreation facilities will also support local jobs and improve amenities for local residents.
“We’ve now received final approval from Bayside Council to start work on upgrades to Ador Park and McCarthy Reserve at Rockdale and Brighton Memorial Playing Fields at Brighton-Le-Sands, which is great news for our community,” Mr Constance said.
“The new recreational facilities at Rockdale and Brighton-Le-Sands will include the creation of new grass and synthetic playing fields, amenities buildings, more car parking spaces, and a new skate park and play areas.
Work is set to start in the middle of 2020 and finish by the end of 2021, well before significant work begins on the motorway, to minimise disruption on sporting teams.
The community will be kept updated as the project progresses.