Major Contract

M12 Motorway

Under Procurement
M12 Motorway

The Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan is a 10-year program of works delivering new and upgraded roads in Western Sydney. 

As part of this program the M12 Motorway will provide direct access to the planned Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek and will connect to Sydney’s motorway network.

The project includes construction of:

  • a 16-kilometre, four-lane motorway between the M7 at Cecil Hills and The Northern Road at Luddenham
  • our interchanges, one with the existing M7 Motorway, at Western Sydney Airport, at Elizabeth Drive and at the airport entry via the new M12 Airport Access Road
  • new bridges across Ropes Creek, Kemps Creek, South Creek, Badgerys Creek, Cosgrove Creek and several roads including Clifton Avenue, Elizabeth Drive, Range Road, Luddenham Road, and Wallgrove Road, and
  • other works including access roads, control centre facilities, and pedestrian and cycling links.

Construction of the M12 will be split into three packages:

  • Package One: Western section
  • Package Two: Central section, and
  • Package Three: Eastern section.

Key Dates

Mar 2021 ROIs Open
Apr 2021 ROIs Close
2022 Expected Construction Commencement
2026 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Federal Government
NSW Government

The NSW 2021-22 Budget allocated $1.3 billion over the next four years for the M12 Motorway and the Northern Road Upgrade, including $222 million in FY2021-22. 


Procuring Agency: Transport for NSW
Procurement note:

The contracts for the Western and Central sections will be Construct Only, while the Eastern section will be a Design and Construct contract.

Related contracts:
Concept Design
Successful Tenderer - an Arcadis and Jacobs Joint Venture


Jul 2017 An Arcadis and Jacobs Joint Venture were appointed lead concept designer for the M12, which involves providing the concept designs, and undertaking the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA). The 2017-18 NSW Budget also allocated $21 million towards planning.
Feb 2018 The preliminary road design was released for public comment. It sees the M12 start at a new motorway interchange with the M7 just south of Elizabeth Drive, along with grade separated interchanges at Western Sydney Airport and The Northern Road.
Sep 2018 The NSW Government announced that the M12 Motorway will be toll free.
Jul 2019 The Federal Government allocated a further $405 million in the 2019-20 Budget between FY2019-20 and FY2025-26, following an initial $997 million. The 2019-20 NSW Budget allocated $145 million to the M12 Motorway project in FY2019-20.
Sep 2019 The NSW Government declared the project as critical state significant infrastructure.
Oct 2019 The project's Environmental Impact Statement was on public exhibition until November
May 2020 Transport for NSW opened tenders for the development of a Construction Environmental Management Plan and further environmental assessment services.
Jul 2020 The Federal Government announced that Federal planning approvals for the M12 will be fast-tracked under a bilateral model between the Federal and State Governments, with the aim of reducing the approval times by up to 50 percent from an average of 3.5 years to 21 months.
Aug 2020 Infrastructure Australia listed the M12 Motorway as a High Priority Project on its Infrastructure Priority List. The project was previously considered a Priority Initiative.
Sep 2020 The NSW Government invited tenders for the preparation of the Construction Contract Tender Documentation of M12.
Oct 2020 Transport for NSW released a Submissions Report and an Amendment Report addressing the feedback received during initial Environmental Impact Statement consultation period. The reports were opened for a second round of public consultation, closing on 4 November 2020. The 2020-21 NSW Budget allocated $1.2 billion over the forward estimates, including $300 million in FY2020-21.
Jan 2021 The NSW Government opened tenders for Environmental Representative Services.
Mar 2021 Transport for NSW called for ROIs for the construction of the Western and Central sections of the M12 project. Two new interchanges, one at the eastern end of the project near the Elizabeth Drive and M7 interchange, and the other at the airport entry via Elizabeth Drive were added to the scope. The NSW and Federal Government will fund the two new intersections.
Apr 2021 The NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces granted planning approval for the project.
Jun 2021 The NSW 2021-22 Budget allocated $1.3 billion over the next four years for the M12 Motorway and the Northern Road Upgrade, including $222 million for the project in FY2021-22.