21 September 2021 - Roads Australia (RA) - the peak body for roads within an integrated transport system – says the NSW’s Government’s announcement that its remaining share of WestConnex has been acquired by the Sydney Transport Partners consortium (which includes Transurban) is a win for Sydney’s integrated transport network.
“The WestConnex project is a prime example of how asset recycling can be used to deliver high-quality transport infrastructure for the community,” said RA President Michael Bushby.
“As the nation’s largest toll road project, WestConnex plays a critical role within Sydney’s integrated transport network and supports vital road transport connections to Sydney Airport and key freight precincts. It also significantly reduces journey times and traffic congestion while improving road safety on key commuter routes throughout the Sydney road network.”
“The WestConnex project also recognises the importance of technology in the operation of modern transport infrastructure, through its use of Smart Motorways and underground navigation technology that delivers an enhanced customer experience for users.”
“RA has consistently noted that the involvement of the private sector in designing, constructing, financing, operating and maintaining toll roads has facilitated the capture of the benefits of innovation, leading to better project and community outcomes.”
“This announcement will also enable the NSW Government to continue investing in much-needed transport infrastructure for NSW communities and creating employment opportunities as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Transport for NSW, WestConnex and Transurban are all valued members of Roads Australia – and we look forward to engaging with them as work continues to deliver the remaining stages of the WestConnex project.”