7.5 km

twin tunnels in Sydney

Providing vital support for the long-term growth of Sydney

The project, completed by ACCIONA with Joint Venture partners Bouygues Construction Australia and Samsung, consists of twin 7.5-kilometre four-lane tunnels creating a link between Haberfield and St Peters by connecting the newly constructed tunnels which connect the M4 and M8.

The project will create a western bypass of the CBD along with numerous benefits; eased congestion, connected communities and more than 11,500 jobs both directly and indirectly. The project will provide vital support required for the expected long-term growth of Sydney’s economy and population.


The M4 - M5 Link is being delivered in two parts. Stage 3A is the tunnels connecting the M4 and M8 and Stage 3B is the Rozelle Interchange.


  • By 2031, 40 minutes will be cut from an average peak journey between Parramatta and the Sydney Airport.
  • More than 100,000 trips a day are expected on the new extensions of the M4 and M8, removing vehicles which would otherwise clog suburban and city streets.
  • Around 4,000 vehicles are forecast to be taken off King Street, with 3,000 fewer vehicles on Sydenham Road each weekday.
  • Daily traffic volumes on Parramatta Road between Haberfield and the CBD will be significantly improved with reductions of up to 50% along certain sections.
  • Around 2,000 heavy vehicles are forecast to be removed from Parramatta Road east of the M4 Parramatta Road ramps each weekday.



  • Reduced Carbon emission for the project by 28%.
  • Reduced the life cycle impacts of materials by 17%.
  • Reduced water consumption by 60% in construction.
  • Optimising non-potable water reuse (currently at 62%).
  • 100% reuse of all usable spoil.
  • 98% recycling of construction and demolition waste.
  • 20% green power.
  • 31% supplementary cement material in concrete mixes. 



  • Outstanding International Shotcrete Project of the Year – American Shotcrete Association (ASA).
  • Excellence in Economic Outcomes – Infrastructure Sustainability Council.


  • Location: Sydney, New South Wales.
  • Contract type: Design and construction.
  • Infrastructure: 7.5 km twin tunnels.
  • Year of project completion: 2023
  • Project value: –$3.9 billion.


  • The design and construct contract for the M4-M5 Link Tunnels was awarded to the joint venture of Acciona Construction Australia, Samsung C&T and Bouygues Construction Australia (ASBJV) in June 2018.
  • 5km twin tunnels, three lanes in each direction.
  • Largest road transport infrastructure project in Australia.
  • Construction started in 2018 and the project will be open to traffic in 2023.
  • Contributes to the $20bn of economic benefits to NSW.
  • The travel time between the existing M4 and M8 using the new tunnels is expected to be eight minutes.
  • Creates a bypass of 52 sets of traffic lights.
  • This project is the most critical component of the 33km WestConnex Motorway, with Rozelle Interchange being the final stage of the WestConnex network.

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