The Australian and NSW governments are building a new motorway as part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan (WSIP) road investment program. The new motorway will provide direct access to the Western Sydney International Airport at Badgerys Creek and connect to Sydney’s motorway network.
MAY 2022Successful contractors announced
Construction of the $2 billion M12 motorway is set to begin in the coming months with the announcement of the successful contractors to deliver the central and west sections of the project. Seymour Whyte will build the central section of the M12 between Cecil Park and Badgerys Creek, while CPB Georgiou Group Joint Venture will deliver the western section to The Northern Road, which includes the airport interchange and Elizabeth Drive flyover.
APR 2022Weekend closure of Elizabeth Drive
Due to bad weather, Elizabeth Drive between Badgerys Creek Road and Adams Road will now be closed from 6am Saturday 9 April to 5am Monday 11 April 2022 to construct a temporary roundabout for the M12 Motorway.More information
To complete this work, Elizabeth Drive between Badgerys Creek Road and Adams Road will also need be closed from 8pm Monday 11 April to 5am Tuesday 12 April.
For more information on the closure including detours, please see the following notification noting the above changes in times and addition night, view the April 2022 project notification (PDF, 1.09Mb).
JAN 2022M12 early works
Early works for the M12 Motorway continues on the western end of Elizabeth Drive, Badgerys Creek. Work includes electrical relocation and the construction of a new temporary roundabout, needed for the M12 major construction, scheduled to start mid-year.
DEC 2021M12 Place, Design and Landscape Plan consultation closes
Public consultation for the M12 Place, Design and Landscape Plan (PDLP) took place between 1 and 28 November 2021. The team will now collate and review all feedback received from the community. A submissions report will be made available via the website in 2022.
NOV 2021M12 Place, Design and Landscape Plan now on public display
Public consultation now open for the M12 Place, Design and Landscape Plan (PDLP).
The plan includes landscape designs, plant selection, walking and cycling links, and art installations. Head to the PDLP virtual engagement room to learn more.
OCT 2021Tenders now closed
Tender submissions for two of the three sections of the M12 Motorway project closed on the 21st. Following a review and assessment process, construction tenders will be awarded early next year.
AUG 2021Tenders released for 2 of 3 sections of the new M12 Motorway
The M12 project is a step closer to awarding construction contracts following the issue of tenders to the shortlisted companies to build two sections of the new M12 Motorway, a 16-kilometre corridor between the M7 Motorway at Cecil Hills and The Northern Road at Luddenham.
Early work is set to start later next month on the M12 Motorway including establishing the site compound at Luddenham and relocating electrical utilities on Luddenham Road and Elizabeth Drive, before major work starts mid next year.
JUN 2021Shortlisted companies for new M12 Motorway announced
Companies shortlisted to build two of three sections of the new M12 motorway have been officially announced following approval from the NSW Government.
For the west section, which will be a six-kilometre section from The Northern Road at Luddenham to around 250 metres east of Badgerys Creek, Acciona, Fulton Hogan, and CPB Georgiou Group JV have been shortlisted. The west section will connect to the Western Sydney International Airport with an interchange at Elizabeth Drive.
CPB Georgiou Group JV, as well as Seymour Whyte, has also been shortlisted for the central section, which will be a 7.5 kilometre section from west of South Creek to Duff Road.
Work on the M12 Motorway is expected to start in 2022 and will be completed prior to the Western Sydney International Airport opening in 2026.
APR 2021NSW Government approval of M12 Motorway
The Department of Planning Infrastructure and Environment (DPIE) has approved the M12 Motorway, a major step towards delivering direct access to the new Western Sydney International Airport.More information
DEC 2020M12 Motorway -
Aboriginal interpretation urban design strategy
The M12 Motorway project team has developed an objective for the project "to create a unique and distinct identity interpreting the rich sense of place, aboriginal and cultural heritage" in its Urban Design and Landscape Plan which involves interweaving the Aboriginal narrative to enable using various components of the motorway to experience traditional Aboriginal stories.More information
A big part of this is Aboriginal Six Seasons. View or download the information sheet (PDF, 44.5Kb) to read more.
- Start date of major construction: mid 2022
- Expected completion date: before the opening of the Western Sydney International Airport
- Funding: Australian and NSW governments
The M12 Motorway would provide direct access to Western Sydney International Airport at Badgerys Creek and connect to Sydney’s motorway network.
The corridor route is an east-west 16 kilometre motorway between the M7 Motorway, Cecil Hills and The Northern Road, Luddenham. The motorway would provide increased road capacity and reduce congestion and travel times in the future. It would also improve the movement of freight in and through Western Sydney.
The M12 Motorway forms a key part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan (WSIP). The WSIP is a joint initiative of the Australian and NSW governments to fund a $4.4 billion road and transport program for Western Sydney and is designed to capitalise on the economic benefits of the Western Sydney Airport as part of an integrated transport solution for the Western Sydney region.
- Direct access to Western Sydney International Airport at Badgerys Creek from the M7 Motorway and the upgraded The Northern Road
- Improved access to the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and the South West Growth Area
- Increased road capacity for future growth and development
- Improved traffic safety for road users
- Pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure
- Improved freight movement to key commercial centres
- Reduced congestion impact on the community and businesses by providing more capacity.
- An east-west 16 kilometre motorway between the M7 Motorway, Cecil Hills and The Northern Road, Luddenham
- A motorway built for four lanes (with provision for up to six lanes) with a median to separate opposing traffic flows
- A direct connection to Western Sydney International Airport
- A new connection to The Northern Road with traffic lights
- A motorway-to-motorway interchange at the M7 Motorway
- Provision for a future interchange connecting Mamre Road and Devonshire Road at the M12 Motorway.
Community members provided feedback in 2018 on the preliminary design and access strategy for the M12 Motorway.
The comments and our responses to them are detailed in the community consultation report.
The preferred M12 Motorway route will require changes to the existing Wylde Mountain Bike Trail located within the Western Sydney Parklands. We are working closely with the Western Sydney Parklands Trust and Bicycle NSW on plans to relocate the trail. The relocated bike trail is expected to be completed before construction of the M12 Motorway starts.
For more information about the Wylde Mountain Bike Trail visit the Western Sydney Parklands Trust website.
We have carried out detailed site investigations, including biodiversity, Aboriginal and cultural heritage and geotechnical. These investigations will inform the design of the project and contribute to the development of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).