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Proposed M6 motorway mooted to improve Sydney freight productivity

Expressions of interest for an underground motorway have been sought by the NSW Government as it pushes ahead with M6 Stage 1 as it looks to relieve pressure on the capacity motorway network south of the city.

The new M6 will reduce travel times between Sydney's south and Illawarra and remove 2,000 trucks daily from local streets bypassing 23 sets of traffic lights to help increase freight efficiencies for transport companies and heavy vehicle operators frustrated with travel times.

Previously known as the F6 Extension, the M6 Stage 1 will incorporate twin tunnels four kilometres long between the new M5 Motorway at Arncliffe and President Avenue at Kogarah.

The M6 Stage 1 will also, according to the Government, make journeys easier and safer by helping motorists avoid President Avenue and The Grand Parade, reducing time in traffic by up to 15 minutes.

It is expected that a contract will be awarded in December 2020, with construction set to begin by early 2022 and for the project, which has been costed at around $2.6 billion, to be completed by the end of 2025.

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