What is Council's position on WestConnex?

Council remains strongly opposed to WestConnex. It has been clear with the NSW Government that funding for this project would be better invested in public transport and other options to benefit all road users, especially those in Inner West. 

Council is now calling for the redesign of Stage 3 to prevent the impacts to local streets, improve transport outcomes and reduce project costs.

Read Council's submission on the WestConnex M4-M5 Link EIS or find out more about what Council is doing on WestConnex

How have the impacts to traffic been modelled?

The traffic modelling has been undertaken using the RMS Traffic Modelling Guidelines (2013).  The data is refined using a range of sources including existing traffic data and independent data sources. There may variances in the future that will make the real traffic impact different to the modelling but it's impossible to know what these will be.

How much will the traffic increase in my street?

It's not possible to predict the extent to which residents will experience increased traffic. There are multiple options for drivers to choose to ‘rat-run’ so it is difficult to predict which streets they will choose. 

What the modelling does predict is an increase in daily traffic volume on some streets in the following areas

  • east of the new Wattle Street WestConnex Interchange (Haberfield);
  • south of the new WestConnex Rozelle Interchange (Leichhardt/ Annandale); and
  • adjoining the St Peters new WestConnex Interchange (St Peters).

When will the traffic increase?

As each stage of WestConnex opens, changes in motorists' behaviour are expected in different parts of the Inner West road network:

Stage 1 (M4 East) - opening mid 2019: east of Wattle Street Interchange, with streets running perpendicular to Parramatta Road and parallel with Wattle Street and City West Link;

Stage 2 (New M5) - opening early 2020: roads connecting to the St Peters Interchange and Campbell Street; and

Stage 3 (M4-M5 Link) - opening early 2023: roads to the south of the Rozelle interchange

How detailed will the study be?

The study will inform the Local Area Improvement Strategy which will identify measures, general locations and costs to mitigate the impacts of WestConnex. It won't go into detail about specific changes to particular streets. The purpose of the strategy is to seek funding from WestConnex to improve local streets impacted by the project. 

What kind of measures will be recommended in the strategy?

Traffic calming measures that are likely to be recommended in the strategy include:

  • passive measures that might include urban design, and
  • active measures that might include ways to reduce or slow traffic.

Decisions about specific measures and locations will only be determined when the funding is obtained. 

How much funding will Council receive? And how will the money be spent?

Council will be seeking funding specifically to address the issues that have been identified from this study. That is why your input to the study is so valuable. Council is committed and will fight to ensure your local streets retain or improve their amenity and safety.

Will you look to protect Schools and Day care centres from additional traffic?

Careful attention will be paid to local streets with education and recreation facilities located on them. These streets are likely to be given higher priority given the safety issues associated with heavy traffic volumes and other conflicting uses.