Sydney drivers to benefit from $3-billion road project

Road infrastructure projects are often good news to fleet managers. In Sydney - the city with around a fifth of the entire Australian population - this is particularly true.

More people are living and working in the New South Wales capital, and this is only adding to road congestion, and dramatically affecting the jobs of both drivers and fleet managers.

If fleet drivers are spending much of their time stuck in slow-moving traffic, the company is losing money - both in terms of wasted wages and fuel consumption -  and efficiency.

It will come as a relief to many Sydneysiders, then, that work is about to commence on a $3-billion road infrastructure program, which the State Government says will reduce the time drivers spend behind the wheel.

The NorthConnex motorway will come in the form of twin nine-kilometre tunnels, linking the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga to the M2 Motorway at the Pennant Hills Road interchange at West Pennant Hills.

NSW officials say drivers will be able to bypass 21 sets of traffic lights as an alternative to the Pacific Highway.

This will cut an average of 15 minutes of travel time when passing through the area, compared with using Pennant Hills Road - which is also an accident hotspot, seeing around 360 accidents take place each year.

Both Pennant Hills Road and Pacific Highway top the recent list of most infuriating roads in New South Wales.

Federal Assistant Infrastructure Minister Jamie Briggs said it is this improvement to safety that will be one of the biggest boons of the project.

"NorthConnex will provide wide-ranging benefits for the community including improvements to local air quality and road safety, with around 5,000 fewer heavy vehicles on Pennant Hills Road each day," he explained.

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