F6 Corridor (Expansion Project)
Preferred bidder announced
Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.
The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.
The project has a firm commitment and timeline from a state, territory or major local government, but has not yet entered the market.
The project or transaction is under procurement (such as a call for Expressions of Interest, requests for tender, or another offer to the market).
Preferred bidder announced
A preferred bidder has been selected and is in exclusive negotiations.
Projects that have progressed to contractual close remain on ANZIP for 12 months.
ANZIP is focused only on major infrastructure activity, above the following thresholds:
Construction projects: > AUD$300m
Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m
All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million
The F6 is a missing link in the Cumberland Motorway Scheme between the M1 Princes Motorway at Waterfall and the Sydney Motorway Network.
The M1 Princes Motorway is a key part of the national highway system, extending south from Waterfall to Yallah where it becomes the A1 Princes Highway and continues further south. It currently does not have an effective link to Sydney's broader motorway system from north to south.
The NSW Roads Maritime Services is carrying out geotechnical analysis along the F6 road corridor in Southern Sydney as part of investigations into a possible surface link to address this. The corridor would pass along the existing suburban Princes Highway between the M5/Southern Cross Drive corridor at Kyeemagh and extend to the M1 Princes Motorway at Waterfall.
The project was identified as a priority in the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan, 2012 and the State Infrastructure Strategy Update, 2014.
The 2017-18 NSW Budget allocated $15 million towards planning works and also announced $1.1 billion of the Restart NSW fund is reserved for Western Harbour Tunnel and the F6 extension projects.
Gateway to the South connection
The F6 corridor would also provide for possible connections to Westconnex through the "Gateway to the South" which was included in the 2014 State Infrastructure Strategy and the Updated Strategic Business Case for WestConnex (2015). There is currently $300 million allocated to Gateway to the South.
The Updated Strategic Business Case for WestConnex noted three components for "Gateway to the South":
- short and medium term pinch point investments on the A1, A3 and A6 corridors, including bus priority infrastructure. This investment will provide improved traffic flow for future connections to the M1 (F6) preserved corridor;
- business case development of a Southern Connector, connecting directly into WestConnex and heading south towards Monterey; and
- scoping studies for larger scale investment options on the A6 and M1 (previously known as the F6) corridors.
The New M5 (Stage 2 of WestConnex) has been designed with provisions for a connection for a possible Southern Connector.