It’s been a very long time coming with no decision, but it seems the State Government have abandoned the option for extending the M1 (F6) motorway through the west of the Sutherland Shire for the meantime. Although it has been pushed aside, Roads Minister Duncan Gay has said, “This years budget has allocated $11.6 million to continue planning for a future F6 motorway.”

Duncan has said, “Geotechnical investigations will be carried out along the F6 corridor as scheduled over the next few months to finalise designs and costings for the Business Case, which will be submitted to the NSW Government for consideration late this year. Community consultation will form an important part of this process.”

“Planning work done by RMS (Roads and Maritime Services) has confirmed the established eastern F6 corridor is the stronger option for a motorway connection than the western A6 corridor. The full benefits of an F6 motorway are dependent on its connection to the WestConnex motorway network, which is not due to be completed until 2023. Any decision on prioritising the F6 will be considered in the context of the NSW Government’s transport infrastructure program, including other motorway, light rail and Sydney Metro projects, once the final business case has been submitted.”

SOURCE: The Leader

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