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M4 tunnels estimated to divert 10,000 trucks

The new M4 tunnels opened this week in Sydney on the $3.8 billion project delivered in part to reduce congestion on Parramatta Road.

Inside the next 24 months around 67,000 trips will go through the tunnels which will double the capacity of the corridor between Homebush and Haberfield, where the maximum-distance based toll will be $7.89 - one way.

The new three lane tunnels are 5.5 kilometres long.

Called the M4 East, these are the first of four major WestConnex tunnels. The others are due for completion in 2023.

Federal Member for Reid Fiona Martin said the new M4 tunnels said the new M4 tunnels are higher and wider than others in Sydney and will help to divert an estimated 10,000 trucks per day off Parramatta Road.

The reintroduction of a toll on the M4 in 2018 saw commuters and truck operators opt to avoid one of Sydney's many tolled routes, making it the largest city network of tolls in the world.

The $16.8 billion WestConnex project has been jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments, with the Australian Government committing $1.5 billion and providing a concessional loan of $2 billion.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the twin tunnels provided drivers with an option to avoid 22 sets of traffic lights and would cut 20 minutes off trips between Parramatta and the CBD.

“This is a major step towards giving back more time to people, so they spend less time in traffic and more time with family and friends, as well as doing the things they love," she said.

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